By Kevin Douglas Femmel
(Sept. 23rd) — The FCC’s finally got its entire set of rules and guidelines for an “open internet” ready to go and they will take effect starting November 20th. Net Neutrality, if you haven’t heard, is the idea that the internet should be entirely free from censorship.
ISP companies who you pay for internet access want to be able to block web sites they choose from working on the internet connection you pay them for. Reasons for this is some sites they don’t see fit to be on the internet, but mostly they want to be able to stop you from seeing the web sites of other businesses that may lure you away from their services.
While the FCC has gotten into it’s own storm of controversy for censorship many times before, this time they are the ones telling the big ISP companies like Verizon and Metro PCS that they can’t censor the internet connection a customer pays them for.
Many of these ISP companies have tried to sue the FCC to block this ruling from taking effect, and they likely will continue to. I can’t see this working out for the big internet providing companies and I do believe that after a few more hiccups you won’t have to worrry about Time Warner Cable theoretically banning Grande Cable’s web site from showing up on your browser. I believe the internet should be a safe place to distribute information, even if some of that information is worthless.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the FCC is doing the right thing in applying rules to keep the internet “open”? Do you think this is like the pot calling the kettle black?