Thanks go out to @ethnobot for the link to this @brianstelter front page article in today's NY Times: Evil Corporations Are Going to Take Away Your Internets
Well, the Internet was fun while it lasted, but now three of the nation's largest service providers are going to shut it down and throw us all back to the dark ages of telephones and postage stamps. "Some people use the Internet simply to check e-mail and look up phone numbers. Others are online all day, downloading big video and music files. For years, both kinds of Web surfers have paid the same price for access. But now three of the country’s largest Internet service providers are threatening to clamp down on their most active subscribers by placing monthly limits on their online activity."
This is serious stuff. This is an both an economic and freedom issue. Changing the way the Internet works means people will be less likely to share and to try innovative things. If you don't think this will impact the quality of your Internet experience you are dead wrong. It will make a massive difference in changing people's online behavior.
Here is one of the better comments from the NY Times thread:
Quite sad actually since the internet was developed by universities and scientific organizations with lots of public money, only to be taken over by private interests when money can be made. Net neutrality and the right of the people to have access to the internet must be defended. People...the internet is THE LAST avenue for mass education, organization and ultimately the protection of your existing rights.
This is mostly clueless corporate types changing the very dynamics which have made the Internet work. You may think that net neutrality doesn't apply to you but it does. These near monopolies, cable and telcos, are not our friends. They seriously need to be stopped.