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The Big Story in America Not Being Reported

Posted on the 16 January 2014 by Morage @kebmebms

There is a huge story right now in America that is not just being under-reported.  It's very nearly not being reported at all.

And the reason why it's not being reported is because it's not in the interests (read: profits) of the big media companies to report it.

Not even Fox "News."

What's not being reported is the ruling Monday by the Washington, DC Court of Appeals on "net neuttrality." That is, internet neutrality.

First, what it is:

Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on theInternet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.

And the reason this effects you and me is this is about who gets the internet and how much they pay for it, ultimately.  As ever, the wealthy will have theirs.  Everyone else will either pay through the nose for it or get little of it at all, or none, in plenty of cases.
And what happened Monday?  This:
Broadcast nightly news shows completely ignored the day's landmark court ruling striking down federal net neutrality regulations, an omission that deals a huge disservice to the public audience and a boon to the news outlets' parent corporations.
Net neutrality -- the principle that corporate internet providers should provide equal access to content for subscribers -- was dealt a serious blow the morning of January 14 when the D.C. Court of Appeals invalidatedthe Federal Communications Commission's requirement that providers offer equal access to online information, regardless of the source. Prior to the ruling, the FCC prevented internet providers from blocking (or slowing down access to) content in order to benefit their own business interests.
That evening, neither NBC, CBS, nor ABC acknowledged the ruling in their evening news broadcasts.
Here's why that's important -- NBC is owned by Comcast Corporation, which bills itself as the nation's largest high-speed Internet provider. CBS' parent company is CBS Corporation, which also owns multiple sports networks and Showtime, while ABC is part of The Walt Disney Company empire, also the owner of ESPN.
We've known, forever, really, that "them that has, gets," sure.  The rich get richer, the poor get, well, little to nothing and poorer. Unfortunately, humans being how we are, it's one more truth of the human condition. 

But it doesn't have to be that way and this is one place where the government should step in, make it right and make certain the internet is not only available but available, reasonably--if not even free, for pity's sake--for everyone.And the reason is not just decency or fairness, either, by any means. The reason the internet needs to be available is actually, also for even the benefit and competitiveness of the entire nation.  You want a productive nation? You want a productive, well-educated population?  Well, you don't do it, even now, let alone in the future by making the internet only available to and for those who can afford it. Besides being even inhumane, it's not good national policy and it keeps people from being informed and educated.  You want to cut off productivity and education in America, then vote against net neutrality and for the corporations.  Want to see a more intelligent answer to all this?  Look no further than "Socialist" Europe:

The thing that's being ignored in all this is that we need net neutrailty for international competitiveness, not just for lining the pockets of the already-wealthy and the corporations.That's the "bottome line."  We need it not just for the fairness and decency and humanity of it all, we need it sto stay competitive, nationally and internationally. Merely letting the corporations have their way with us, in this case, as in the case of our health care system, makes us weaker as a nation.

You want to weaken America?

Cut us off from education, information and technology.

That'll do it.

That and killing us with obscenely, even immorally too-high health care.

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