Open Letter on Net Neutrality

Dear people freaking out about the end of net neutrality,

I have seen your Tweets and Facebook posts.  I have read how the internet is now going to bankrupt us all because of “the corporations*” or something.  That is if net neutrality doesn’t kill us all.

If, in your caterwauling about net neutrality, you have no idea what the phrase “last mile monopoly” means, let alone have no desire to fix it, your opinion is ignorant dog shit.

The core of the problem is that a huge number of people have access to only one Internet Service Provider.  Even in major cities, what ISP a person has is depending on what neighborhood they live in.  In more rural areas, whole regions have only one ISP.

Consider that for a lot of these people, the only provider is Comcast.  Its customer service is known to be horrible.  It is the most hated company in America.  Comcast is downright evil, and it can be, because it is effectively a regional monopoly.  I’ve had Comcast and cancer.  Given the choice of having either one again, I’d take the cancer.

There are things we can do to end the ISP monopoly in America, that will improve internet for everyone.  If the goverment was going to be involved in the internet at all, it should be as trust buster, just as it did to Standard Oil, Bell telephone, and Microsoft.  The later two being critical, as if it were not for the breakup off Bell and changes made to Microsoft, the cellphone and internet industry as we know it today would probably not exist.

If you are screeching about net neutrality but you know nothing about ISP monopolies, and have not protested for or demanded change to this system, than what you are saying is “I want the goverment to control how one infrastructure monopoly provides consumer access to another service monopoly.”

If that is the case, I invite you to follow this handy guide.

7 Replies to “Open Letter on Net Neutrality”

  1. Comcast and other big ISPs are supportive of net neutrality (as it stood with the 2015 decision) – that alone should make you ask questions – why would they support something that ostensibly restricts them?

  2. Honestly, if the internet were somehow destroyed by this, I think part of me might welcome it. Sure, I might not be able to visit blogs like this one or shop on Amazon, but overall, the world would be a better place without the internet. Hell, I’d settle for the destruction of social media.

    1. Actually, it appears cities are more likely to have monopolies on internet service, as a legacy of the cable monopolies that were granted in the 80’s.

    2. South Datoka I had one (Knology), Chicago I had two (AT&T, Comcast), Omaha I had one (AT&T), and Huntsville I have one. You are in a very rare scenario.

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