On December 14, 2017, “net neutrality” was repealed. The head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, received death threats for his approval of this move, and MSM news outlets and Democrats (but I repeat myself) screamed that “the internet as we know it would end.” As usual, they overplayed their hand with hysterical, overwrought drama rather than trying to persuade the public why Obama’s net neutrality rules should remain in place.
Now, one year later: U.S. Internet Speeds are Skyrocketing
You might not have noticed it, but the internet as we knew it ended a year ago today, at least according to the predictive powers-that-be at CNN and other media organizations.
That’s because on Dec. 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission ended the 2015 Open Internet Order, aka the net neutrality regulations implemented by the Obama administration.
Despite assurances from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that the changes weren’t ever “going to destroy the internet,” hysterical heads prevailed — leading CNN to blast the front page headline “End of the internet as we know it.”
Other outlets shared similar concerns. The New York Times ran a column in November 2017 proclaiming that ending the regulations “hastens [the] death” of the internet, while Vox reported, “The internet as we know it is about to change drastically.”….
Journalists told the American people that without these supposedly necessary rules, internet service providers (ISPs) would immediately begin taking advantage of the public by throttling the load speeds of certain websites unless one paid higher fees….
A year later, one would think that after countless cries of how net neutrality will transform the internet, reporters would be tracking the internet’s changes.
After all, according to Splinter News, the “FCC’s new net neutrality rules could disempower communities of color.” Seems serious. It also seems like something liberal activists would love to highlight if it were happening.
But it didn’t happen. As much as liberal journalists would love to write reports about how the Trump administration is taking the internet away from minority communities, there’s not a shred of evidence that such a thing will ever happen….
You may remember how the media was captivated by this issue. Few things were more important than the death of the internet as we know it. Countless websites called on readers to demand their representatives do something.
Pai received numerous death threats, which might have seen semi-reasonable considering outlets like The Guardian said a man like Marco Castro Bohorquez, who is HIV positive, might not be able to talk to his doctor over Skype if net neutrality was repealed.
Something tells me Bohorquez can still speak to his doctor. In fact, it might be easier than ever for him to do so considering that U.S. internet speeds have actually increased nationwide over the last year.
Reflecting on the media’s hysteria one year later, we should ask ourselves: Given how wrong they were about what seemed to be the most important issue in the country, what else are they wrong about?
You have to have reasonably good internet speed to play games such as World of Warcraft. It was never believable that internet providers would slow down so much as to affect gamers. The Outcry would have been YUGE.
Speaking of media and ending; Dems led by outgoing Republican Senator Bob Corker are trying to pass a bill that will weaken the Head of U.S. Agency for Global Media (VOA is most well known part). In 2016, the agency Head authority was strengthened including ability to fire employees because Dems thought Hillary would win. Now that Trump has nominated his guy to lead the agency, Dems are trying to weaken especially to protect the Obama VOA Director appointee. Longish article says that anon conservative Senators want to stop the bill. Several thoughts; So most Republican Senators (and Reps?) are fine with undermining Trump or as favor to Corker or both. And why anon? Are they worried that McConnell will surprise call a vote when they’re absent? Just a reminder of how deep the UniParty mindset is.
Forgot to mention; Last few paras discuss 15 VOA journalists were disciplined (including firing) in October for accepting bribes. States that Conservatives allege that VOA has become a safe landing for liberal journalists who lost their media jobs in recent years, and they hate Trump.