Ladies and gentlemen, it has finally happened. We knew that internet providers and their bought-and-paid-for political officials would find a way to try and fight back against net neutrality and they have thought of a way. Terrorism. In a newly published letter to the Federal Communication Commission in May, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) raised concerns that net neutrality rules could only help terrorist.
Feinstein’s chief concern was that Dzhokar Tsarnaev was able to study bomb-making materials on the internet via online copies of AQAP’s Inspire magazine. Of course, many of those online providers are explaining that these Title II net neutrality rules would hinder them from honoring those requests to block that content from the internet.
She encourages FCC chair Tom Wheeler to explain to the internet providers that this is not true. She does acknowledge that the Title II article only applies to web traffic, but “nonetheless, there is apparently confusion among at least some broadband providers on whether they may take such actions in order to promote national security and law enforcement purposes.”
First off, I would like to say that THIS is why we need to get the older generation out of public office that handle technology (that they obviously do not understand) issues. This is simply a scare tactic by the internet providers to get their payroll senators to do their bidding.
The United States government has been able to take down websites, using process and procedure, not to mention that cell phone and landline communications have been under Title II for years and they never seem to have a problem tapping or even contacting providers for data information, just ask AT&T.
This has nothing to do with terrorism. This has everything to do with data providers trying to keep the playing field on their side to charge and maintain control of the pricing scheme that they have enjoyed for far too long. Internet providers know exactly what Title II will do to their business, but they are using the ill-informed public to spread their scare tactics to maintain the status quo.