So here’s the thing. The cable companies have been fuckers since day one. You know this, I know this. EVERYONE knows this.
But we have been beholden to them.
We have had no choice but to use them.
Even if you don’t have or watch cable TV, you have or use the internet, and, unfortunately, they are the providers of that now-necessary utility.
The thing is, they come from the dinosaur age…the same prehistoric era our current leadership is coming from, so it only makes sense that they decided to take the action they did, fake a shitload of comments using your name and mine, and repeal net neutrality.
And we should be celebrating.
For the new industry, the internet, the Googles, the Apples, the Elon Musks, etc, while are are just as evil in their own right, well, possess a VITAL difference than the industry of old.
These new barons and their business models DEPEND on a free and open internet for all.
Think about it.
Whereas the industry of old relied on as little input and influence from consumers as possible, today's titans need and want as many people as involved as possible with as easy access as possible - to peddle their wares, start their businesses, build their websites, drive traffic to their websites, text their memes, tweet their dreams, update their streams, and so on and so on.
And this is good for us.
Perhaps it’s now time for these very companies and institutions, Google, Apple, Tesla, Facebook - today’s Rockefellers and Hearsts - to finally deploy the free internet for the world they’ve been talking about for years.
Google has their Project Loon, a network of connected balloons that beam internet to the lands below the, which they have tested in Sri Lanka, and most recently used to restore internet access to a hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
Elon Musk has been toying with the idea of using his Space X rockets to deploy thousands of mini - satellites to provide internet access, though it should be interesting to see how the FCC deals with this one!
Furthermore, there are already over 180 communities around the U.S. that have publicly-owned broadband services and mesh-networks, and even Vice Media’s & Motherboard are now in on it, promising to create a community internet network in their Brooklyn neighborhood and release step-by-step instructions on how to do it in your town as well.
Perhaps the repeal of net neutrality means the opposite for the cable companies than they think it does.
Perhaps they have signed their death knell.
Perhaps, we can finally squash those rats and put them to rest.