Telecom Industry Reacts To Net Neutrality Efforts By State Officials

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The telecom industry is complaining about the different endeavors of various state governors and mayors in the United States to pursue net neutrality.

Adding salt to injury are the legislated bills that protect net neutrality impairing Internet Service Providers from blocking, throttling, or imposing an extra charge in favor of faster connection and access to other websites. Additionally, these states and cities will no longer procure services from broadband providers that do not support net neutrality.

ISPs have become immediately responsive to grumble about the “unfairness” of complying with 50 different guidelines controlling net neutrality. Such an irony, when in fact they quashed most of the exertion comparable to the FCC rules. The US Telecom which is a lobbying organization mainly manipulated by AT&T deplored the discrimination of this event.

If the net neutrality rules have not been repealed, none of these things will happen. There will be no protests and no filing of lawsuits. State governors and mayors will not pass a bill or executive orders to protect free speech.

Without net neutrality, broadband servers will take over what we perceive and hear. Consumers will be under surveillance and will be deprived of the freedom to communicate freely online. It should be protected because it is the internet’s regulatory proposition that preserves our liberty to openly communicate online.

With net neutrality, we will have an internet that gives power and assures free speech. It means that ISPs should provide us with an open network and must not block or even discriminate apps or contents from other websites.

Just like what happened on March 1 when Comcast customers became confused when they can no longer access the encrypted email service Tutanota site. Some speculated that the telecom company was functionally blocking the site, while others relinquished the notion.

This has not been the first time that Comcast customers experienced being blocked from accessing well-known sites. Last year, the telecom company intentionally barred the access to the Archive.org site for more than 13 hours. If this is what these companies do, they have no right to whine about the measures imposed by state governors and city mayors to protect net neutrality, don’t you think?

 


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