It’s Time to Nationalize the Internet
To counter the FCC’s attack on net neutrality, we need to start treating the Internet like the public good it is.
Network cables are plugged in a server room on November 10, 2014 in New York City. U.S. President Barack Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement a strict policy of net neutrality and to oppose content providers in restricting bandwith to customers. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
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Private network providers prioritize only those they expect to provide a return on investment, thus excluding poor and sparsely populated areas.
Defying widespread popular objection, on December 14 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality. The principle regulates broadband as a utility, thus forbidding cable companies and Internet service providers (ISPs) from throttling, blocking or…