Smiling while preaching against the ‘heavy hand of government,’ Chairman Ajit Pai’s just fulfilled exactly what he’d been put in charge to do: to kick the teeth of the Federal Communications Commission, and yank the Internet from everybody but those who can pay to access it.
By a vote of 3 to 2, the FCC all but allowed big broadband providers to create Web lanes. It’s the Rule of the Mighty: to corporate ou social media giants, access online remains the same. To billions of small, independent sites, though, it’ll take forever. Unless you pay extra.
By betraying the its own mission, to protect everyone’s rights to a free Internet, Pai did a huge favor to both the Trump administration, and to his pals at Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and other big providers that stand to profit from his decision. While, of course, ignoring the people’s will.
For the majority – who know what Net Neutrality is – the Web is a utility, as vital as your water service, and should be left alone by those that had no part nurturing it to become what it is today. Ironically, some of them wouldn’t even exist if Pai headed the FCC, circa 2000.
Thousands expressed support to keep the Internet as it were, through the commission’s public hearing phase. But the game was rigged, and many saw it coming on Pai’s public statements. They sounded a lot like Scott Pruitt’s words and actions running the EPA (into the ground).
But it won’t happen without a fight. Activist groups and individuals, including N.Y. Eric Schnedierman and other Attorneys General, filed suit to prevent the FCC from destroying what’s not up to it to destroy. Eventually, one hopes, even those who still have no idea what they’ve just lost will join in too. Trump supporters, are you listening?
Meanwhile, here are the Republicans who voted to end a free and democratic Internet, and how much they’ve got from telecoms since 1989, according to The Center for Responsive Politics and The Verge. Keep it in a safe place and be sure to remember their names next time you’re in the voting booth. As for Colltales, we’re taking it down either.
THE DIRTY, INFAMOUS HUNDRED MINUS
Mo Brooks, AL ($26,000), Ron Estes, KS ($13,807), Thomas Massie, KY ($25,000), Ralph Norman, SC ($15,050), John Moolenaar, MI ($25,000), Neal Dunn, FL ($18,500), Mike Bishop, MI ($68,250), Alex Mooney, WV ($17,750), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, PA ($70,500), Blaine Luetkemeyer, MO ($105,000), Paul Gosar, AZ ($12,250), Richard W. Allen, GA ($24,250), Kevin Cramer, ND ($168,500), Greg Walden, OR ($1,605,986), Marsha Blackburn, TN ($600,999), Billy Long, MO ($221,500), Gregg Harper, MS ($245,200), (more)
* The Deep End
* It Blogs the Mind
Brett Guthrie, KY ($398,500), Bill Johnson, OH ($196,666), Jeff Duncan, SC ($41,830), Earl ‘Buddy’ Carter, GA ($39,250), Susan Brooks, IN ($168,500), Gus Bilirakis, FL ($234,400), Markwayne Mullin, OK ($141,750), Mimi Walters, CA ($161,500), Joe Barton, TX ($1,262,757), Bill Flores, TX ($127,500), Pete Olson, TX ($220,500), Morgan Griffith, VA ($198,900), Tim Walberg, MI ($131,850), Fred Upton, MI ($1,590,125), Joe Wilson, SC ($104,750), Martha McSally, AZ ($84,936), Blake Farenthold, TX ($64,250), Steve Womack, AK ($104,750), Tom Marino, PA ($130,700), Louie Gohmert, TX ($85,055), Walter Jones, NC ($72,800), Leonard Lance, NJ ($290,550), Steve Chabot, OH, $332,083), Bob Goodlatte, VA ($815,099), Andy Biggs, AZ ($19,500), Mark Walker, NC ($35,750), Glenn Grothman, WI, $21,200), Ken Buck, CO, $79,350), Larry Bucshon, IN ($71,750), Chuck Fleischmann, TN ($42,00), David Rouzer, NC ($34,300), Paul Mitchell, MI ($18,000), Hal Rogers, KY ($360,450), Doug Collins, GA ($103,600), Ralph Abraham, LA ($27,300), Mark Meadows, NC ($14,500), Michael McCaul, TX ($216,500), Jeb Hensarling, TX ($270,198), Mike Simpson, ID ($125,200), Tom Emmer, MN ($28,500), Randy Weber, TX ($13,750), Rob Woodall, GA ($60,250), Ted Budd, NC ($15,500), Ken Calvert, CA ($219,212), Diane Black, TN ($104,750), Virginia Foxx, NC ($115,700), Sam Johnson, TX ($219,785), James Comer, KY ($22,750), Trey Gowdy, SC ($83,250), Lamar Smith, TX ($810,462), Steven A King, IA ($210,810), George Holding, NC ($97,750), Rob Wittman, VA ($57,250), John Lee Ratcliffe, TX ($53,950), Jason Lewis, MN ($21,050), Jim Banks, IN ($16,303), Bill Huizenga, MI ($34,000), Bill Shuster, PA ($202,500), Steven Russell, OK ($23,500), Adrian Smith, NE ($165,834), Jody B Hice, GA ($21,000), Richard Hudson, NC ($136,750), Douglas L Lamborn, CO ($110,543), Chris Collins, NY ($151,060), Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, WA ($673,530), Brad Wenstrup, OH ($33,750), and Andy Barr, KY ($51,100).