Cablevision, AT&T, Verizon etc., can block content they don’t like

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
By Paul Martin
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

According to the FCC’s “Open Internet Order” commissioner Ajit Pai, admits broadband providers may soon ban free speech or block speech they don’t approve of! There are currently 34 broadband providers in the U.S.

“The commission ominously warned that ‘threats to Internet openness remain today,’ that broadband providers ‘hold all the tools necessary to deceive consumers, degrade content or disfavor the content that they don’t like,’ and that the FCC continues ‘to hear concerns about other broadband provider practices involving blocking or degrading third-party applications,’” FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said.

What Pai failed to mention is that broadband providers have a monopoly on subscribers.

“Instead of providing any specific guidance, he analogized the FCC to a football referee and said that it would throw the flag if it saw behavior that it didn’t like. That answer, I would submit, is the very definition of regulatory uncertainty” Pai said.

“There are a lot of people who just don’t like the fact that the Internet is a completely unregulated marketplace in terms of the freedom of speech. “And there are some speech that people just don’t like or they think that it should be regulated because it has an outsized effect on public discourse, and the Drudge Report is one of those” Pai said.

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