U.S. loses Internet mojo


Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, explains this sad day in American history

It’s a very somber day for Internet freedom in the United States, the FCC bent over to Republican lobbyist control and catered to the interests of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

The big three can now throttle it’s speed and censor unwanted content in their pipelines. And in the irony of names, thanks to a Republican majority of 3-2 votes, the act dubbed itself „Restore Internet Freedom“ (pdf).

ISPs will be “gatekeepers” with the ability to promote their own content first and silence anything else (and the largest ones own their own networks, channels, tv shows, and products), so you can see how this arrangement is not at all in the best interest of the general public. This will be the biggest change to the Internet since it was created. Smaller independent sites and platforms will become less accessible and many will eventually disappear completely.

This is why the Indieweb movement is more important than ever. We need to support our decentralized networks, build better human relations and work out for future political battles. Not sure if the States will play an important role in that space in the future, most definitely not se control freaks in China.

via BOOOOOOOM

Vermont strong

Vermont and the city of Burlington received a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a threat of potentially drying up federal funding if they continue to violate federal law, albeit it’s unclear if they even are.

It’s basically aiming at „sanctuary policies“ where cities and states adopt different approaches to immigration than the current national government. It’s sad to see the local and national representatives of the American people in disagreement when it comes to inclusion in the United States.

I always felt welcome in Vermont for those three years I lived there. I hope Senator Leahy, who held the commencement speech at my graduation, and Sanders will flex their political muscle and stay in tune with the Green Mountain’s spirit of „I live in Vermont and I do what I want.“

„The letter was an effort to „strong-arm“ the state to submit to federal immigration policies.“ – Peter Welch

via Seven Days

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