Last week’s federal court ruling upending upending the FCC’s policies on net neutrality set alarm bells ringing all over the web. From concerns about freedom of speech to consumer pricing, there’s a lot of chatter about what it all means. And the folks at Wired have had a bellyful. They’re ready to throw the hell down.
First is a piece by one of the losing attorneys, Marvin Ammori, who says its time to fight for net neutrality:
The internet is now, and will likely remain for some time, a free-fire zone for AT&T, Verizon, and others to block blogs, superimpose any content (including ads) over the existing content on any webpage, cut deals making Bing or Google the “exclusive” search provider in our homes, and much more.
The loss this week comes after our fighting a decade-long war (9 or 12 years, actually, depending on if you count it from 2001 or 2005). But throughout these battles, millions of individuals and thousands of small businesses, consumer groups, and large businesses have fought for network neutrality. Top consumer groups and leading law professors, including Tim Wu, Susan Crawford, and Barbara van Schewick have called for reclassification as the only way forward.
It’s sort of a fellowship of the ring. While some folks have tired of the fight, many have not. We need to keep fighting for Internet Freedom, and that fight includes fighting for net neutrality.
But the Wired editorial staff wants us to really consider the consequences of the status quo.