A thread in the forum by JillyFoo on Net Neutrality has inspired this newspost.
I did some cursory research on it on the issue of how repealing it might affect artists- indie artists, like most of us are as webcomic creators and DD contributors.
According to Rolling Stone repealing it, thus allowing access to the Internet become more expensive will mean less exposure and less capability to expand one’s career without it hinging on big internet nodes that won’t be, in a sense ‘paywalled’.
The New York Times also report that repealing Net Neutrality means immediately more expensive, less available internet services that have by now become staples (such as social media or entertainment platforms) and as such, important for artists’ careers and ability to make income.
The other side, the one for repealing the Net Neutrality rules, argues that regulation is the one that actually restricts access and cite a pre-2015 era where things were working fine as proof that repealing the rules won’t affect the internet, the access to it and the ability for online entrepreneurship in any way but the positive. My personal opinion though is that this is an invalid comparison, considering that pre-2015 (and even farther back) several big issues like internet monopolies and capacities to control the internet by big international corporations weren’t as widespread, and hence, the effect of any control attempted or applied wasn’t as evident as it can be currently; that is assuming that there HADN'T been quite a bit of restricting and regulating in ways we aren't in a position to quantify off the cuff.
Personally, I believe that repealing laws that prohibit restrictions only translates as intent to restrict whatever just ceased to be protected from said restrictions. Everything else is just propaganda to ease the transition to a new status quo.
Apparently, despite the FCC’s repeal, things are still not finished. There are still steps that can be taken and things to do to reverse this. I’m not the one to inform on this, but please do what it takes to protect what needs protection.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 16, 2017
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