...And Then, Everyone Forgot About Net Neutrality

Nobody noticed that net neutrality ended because nobody cared in the first place. But should you?

While everyone was too busy using the social medias to rage about Kanye West doing what Kanye West does best - talking - and reading (and probably nodding along) as our superior journalist elites tell him and the likes of Chance The Rapper to sit down and shut up, you may have not realized that the internet collapsed.

That's right, my friends: the internet is dead, it remains dead, and we have killed it. Well, more specifically, it was killed by the "model immigrant" with "white-approved success" (not my words) who chairs the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai.

Why did you not notice? The reason is that only two groups tend to care about this issue: tech bloggers, and those waiting to be angry once given the cue. Unless you are in either one of those camps, you likely missed out on what mainstream media declares as, "the end of the internet as we know it."

Okay, so you did not notice. People were too busy getting their panties in a wad because Kanye West used Twitter to spout off about something. In any case, now that you are aware that the internet is dead, what do you notice that is different? Perhaps try logging on to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or attempt to go to your favorite tech site, or perhaps try to read up what the best news sites are writing, and... wait, they are all still there.

Talk about anti-climatic. With all the hype surrounding net neutrality and the disastrous ramifications of it being repealed, I actually was hoping for a collapsed internet. Where is the delivery?

Being that the internet is a human right and all, the collapse of the whole thing would have probably made The Hunger Games: Bloggingjay a reality. A whole new genre of young adult, dystopian present day novels would have hit the bookshelves in droves. And to think, we would actually have to read books!

I know, net neutrality being repealed will make the internet cost more to use, so the thinking goes. That could be true. It could also be true, without the regulatory burdens in place, that other, smaller companies that wish to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook may be more able to do so. Also, it is highly unlikely that ISPs will risk angering consumers and make internet access suddenly burdensome. Last I checked, Google and Facebook both came into existence, and wildly succeeded, before the Net Neutrality year of 2015. We obviously did not need net neutrality rules in place to bring better innovations and prices to the market. Furthermore, if you really want the internet to keep getting better and cheaper to use, you do not want the internet to become a utility In an over-regulated market, government picks winners and losers.

Then again, perhaps it is all a ticking time bomb and the great collapse of the internet is merely forthcoming. But hey, in the meantime, keep using your internet while you still can for the important things... like raging about Kanye.

Thank God for the internet.

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dcntodd
dcntodd

Net Neutrality: aka a solution in search of a problem.