The pressure to dismantle net-neutrality, particularly in the US, has been growing for several years now. It may be one of the most important fights that people anywhere have, because allowing ISPs to control the speed of a site’s download by charging money essentially allows them to control internet content, period. And outside interests- lobbies, groups, the government itself- with enough money or power could easily control those ISPs.
This is a huge step in silencing the internet to everything but commercial purposes; the last real bastion of “free speech”. The communication of dissent and the sharing of how to navigate and survive a society that has turned capitalism into an uncontrolled beast and our government into an oligarchy could be ended.
No doubt this sounds very conspiracy-theorist, but consider that we’ve spent the last two decades becoming- for good or ill- dependent on the internet for the most basic of services. I literally haven’t paid taxes through the mail, or picked up any sort of form, or used a paper map in a decade. And in the same time frame, we’ve seen our rights challenged without recourse, our law enforcement become more fascist and unchecked, and our political leaders become more radical and self-interested. Now those corporate interests and political leaders are seeing a means to both nickle and dime everyone and keep a firm grip on their position by silencing dangerous ideas. I’m not alone in that view either, and so many of us have given up that actual ground for lost and retreated to the internet as a free realm.
That’s worth fighting tooth and nail for, because if we lose our voice on the internet, we may not have a voice left at all.