The rules would allow firms such as Time Warner, Verizon and AT&T to create a “fast lane” for content providers willing to pay high fees. The rest of us would have a “ baseline level of service.”
Internet sites dedicated to exposing the wrongs of big business or government could be silenced. Video, live streaming and other media from alternative news sources might be slowed or become inaccessible.
So much for what’s become known as “net neutrality.”
These are merely a few examples of our government failing to protect us from corporations placing profits ahead of public or environmental welfare. And with the intense corporate lobbying going on in Washington daily, the prospects for any improvement are grim.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.