It’s a sad but undeniable fact that under Donald Trump’s influence, the Republican party has sold the last of its dignity, morals, and intelligence to embrace the ignorant, neocon-tainted populism that has long been promoted by their fringe Tea Party faction. However, at least one Republican senator decided to draw the line when it came to her party’s plans to censor the internet.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) recently came out against her party’s plan to roll back internet protections put in place by President Barrack Obama’s administration known as Net Neutrality. These protections guard Americans against unscrupulous price hikes and censorship by broadband providers looking to charge customers more money for using websites like YouTube and Netflix.
The Washington Post noted how this repeal could “give internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use.” And New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently obstructing his six-month investigation into the commission’s “massive scheme” into influencing public opinion in favor of the repeal.
Meanwhile, along with their paid Republican puppets, broadband corporations like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are licking their chops at the prospect of finally defeating these consumer protections put in place in 2015.
According to Collins’ spokesperson Annie Clark, the senator opposes plans to roll back net neutrality because it would give internet providers the power to “manage their system in an anti-competitive way that limits consumers’ choices.”
Collins also believes that the FCC’s plan could hurt the progress of spreading high-speed internet to rural areas.
Campaign director for Fight for the Future, an open internet advocacy group praised Collins for “having the courage to speak out,” and actively encouraged her colleagues to follow her example.
By standing up for the protection of a free and open internet, Collins may help other politicians grow a backbone and do the right thing (for a change). And it may not be as hard as some would think, seeing as the opposition to the repeal of net neutrality unites supporters across party lines. Even Trump’s rabid Reddit supporters are now torn between opposing the repeal of net neutrality and keeping their lips firmly planted on their temperamental orange emperor’s posterior. A very difficult decision indeed.
Here’s a very informative video of John Oliver explaining what’s at stake.
The fight for the future of the internet is scheduled to take place on December 14th.
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