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Neutering Net Neutrality ~Outer Limits~ 3 May 2014

Neutering Net Neutrality ~Outer Limits~ 3 May 2014

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Makyo, Ellen Allien, Bluetech, Shpongle and Bluetech & Shulman.

The internet has been under increasingly hostile attacks in recent years, and this week may have seen the death blow for the internet as we know it with a proposal to end "Net Neutrality." But what is Net Neutrality? If it were applicable to telephones, an end to telephone neutrality would mean that while I could easily get through to big businesses, I would have to wait long periods of time in order to contact acquaintances, ultimately culminating in negative effects like being put on hold for a 911 call or never being able to get through to the ACLU. The bottom line here is that you cannot value communications technology on a sliding scale. The rich are attempting to control the internet by buying it. If they succeed, the rest of us too poor to afford the perks of an internet we've all come to take for granted, will become second-class digital citizens, unable to access sites that challenge the corporate hegemony. They don't have to shut down our websites to kill the internet...