So much for Trump and Republicans loving “small government.” Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is hard at work taking rights away from state and local governments to pass their own Net Neutrality laws. In practical terms, huge internet providers can charge whatever they want, block any content they want, and even stop providing service to small and rural communities if it doesn’t fit their profit margins. We are all screwed if this goes through.
Republicans in Congress love states’ rights as long as they don’t interfere with corporate profits or the Trump agenda. FCC chairman Ajit Pai has slipped a provision into his proposal to eliminate Net Neutrality that would prohibit states and cities from protecting equal access to the internet. The order is so far-reaching that states wouldn’t be able to enact any new regulations on internet service providers. We must stop this power grab. The FCC’s final vote is in two weeks. If you haven’t contacted your member of Congress yet, please do: www.battleforthenet.com
For background on how big money is buying the FCC and our government, please watch our new documentary, Saving Capitalism, now available on Netflix.