I sit at my workstation in my living room/kitchenette, scribbling in my small but thick notebook (the notebook I always carry around with me) while listening to the local 24/7 all news radio station (KQV) as a pot of water heats to a boil for some linguine for breakfast. I bought several boxes of linguine years ago at the Dollar General store across the street for a dollar a box. I thought it was a great bargain; but I’ve had a stockpile of linguine for years now and I’ve determined to use up my stockpile. I guess it’s still good. I hope it’s still good. I just hate to waste money.
But I digress…
Net neutrality is a subject I can embrace with passion as a blogger of a small, niche blog. I’ve just begun to study the issue. This is what I know so far.
In February 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s mandate to regulate the Internet. That meant the Internet in the United States would remain free and open. It meant that all websites that produced any kind of content as long as it was legal content would have the same access to the web as every other website and the content of one website would not be prioritized over another. It meant that websites that could pay for better and faster access would not be allowed to pay for this better and faster access. It meant the web would be treated just like a utility. That everyone had a right to the same access and speed of access.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that earlier this year the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would weaken the FCC’s ability to keep the Internet free and open. But President Obama has said he would veto the bill if it ever reaches his desk.
This is an issue that requires constant vigilance on the part of all of us (the 99%) who want the Internet to remain free and open.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.