Ajit Pai, the senior Republican
on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been appointed FCC
chairman under President Donald Trump.
Pai replaces Democrat Tom
Wheeler, who resigned last month after serving as Chairman for three years.
During his time as a commissioner, Pai has held strong views opposing net neutrality
— the principle that internet service providers should give consumers
equal access to all legal content and applications without favoring or
blocking particular sources — leaving advocates of an open internet
concerned about the future.
Without net neutrality companies could, in theory, block certain content, slow down
a user’s web experience and offer faster speeds to those willing to pay
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THIS IS IMPORTANT AND WILL AFFECT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU
the FCC is trying (again) to put an end to net neutrality. This will mean profit for a lot of big websites and companies like your cable or ISP, and general shittiness for everyone else. It’s not a complicated issue. It’s a shady deal that needs to be stopped.
IF NET NEUTRALITY DIES:
YOUR ISPS AND CABLE COMPANIES WILL DECIDE HOW WELL YOUR INTERNET WORKS.
YOU WILL BE CHARGED MORE FOR USING CERTAIN WEBSITES.
YOU WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CERTAIN WEBSITES.
YOU WILL HAVE SLOW AND SHITTY CONNECTIONS TO CERTAIN WEBSITES.
On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” and “Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure.”
The American Library Association (ALA) is dismayed by these actions to reduce digital opportunity and revise the public record. ALA President Julie Todaro released the following statement.
“The American Library Association (ALA) strenuously objects to recent actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). First, the ALA is alarmed by the sudden revocation of the nine Lifeline Broadband Provider designations. Reducing options for Lifeline broadband services is a step back in efforts to close the homework gap and digital divide, and is at odds with Chairman Pai’s stated desire to advance digital empowerment. The 2016 Lifeline modernization order represented a critical milestone in our national commitment to connect low-income Americans to the broadband that powers educational and economic opportunity. ALA and our nation’s 120,000 libraries are committed to advancing digital opportunity for all, and we urge the FCC to increase the number of broadband options available for Lifeline customers.
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