It isn’t about choice if you have no choices

The net neutrality issue has again returned to my radar with the new administrator and a new FCC director. New director Pai is moving to remove net neutrality expectations suggesting that “zero rating” offers customers opportunities and not restrictions. Zero-rating means that the provider allows services to be used without counting against your data limit. Of course, the provider is likely to select services for zero rating that offer some advantage to the provider.

Pai also uses the typical republican business competition is good explanation (it is about customer choice). This argument denies the reality that many of us have no real options for the service we receive.

Vint Cerf, internet pioneer, argues that new trends are contrary to the beliefs of those who developed the Internet for general use and argues that current priorities reduce the likelihood of innovation.

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