Well, it’s actually A LOT bigger than GMG. The New York Times just reported the following:
The two-to-one decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday came in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers.
For us, here in Gloucester, it means that Comcast can’t intentionally slow down your streaming of a Netflix movie or a GMG video and it can’t block a GMG post — not even this one!
It’s a big win for GMG and everyone who uses the Internet … but, as you might expect, the fight isn’t over.
Check out the NYT article here.
I’m not kidding. The FCC is seriously considering new rules that would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to slow down content from GMG and speed up content from someone else, who’s willing to pay extra to have their content delivered faster. So, for example, if a large media company (e.g., AOL, Time Warner, Comcast, Universal) wanted to start a local blog, it could pay your ISP to have its content delivered faster and have GMG’s content slowed down. Now if you don’t think ISPs would intentionally slow things down, watch this very funny, and insightful piece by John Oliver:
Lots of people have already commented — so many that the FCC site crashed last week. Technically, the deadline for the first round of public comments is over, but there’s another round and you can still comment here.
Not convinced? Watch this more in-depth New York Times piece on Net Neutrality.
I don’t usually make political posts on GMG, but this issue affects the blog itself, so I figure it’s time to take some action.