Corporate Media Not Reporting Accurately On Net Neutrality Repeal

This issue may not be as exciting as the presidential campaigns, but it is an ongoing battle of great importance that we should not ignore. Help keep the fight for net neutrality going. Here’s a note from Fight for the Future. FFTF  is a nonprofit advocacy group in the area of digital rights founded in 2011.

It’s been more than a year since Ajit Pai repealed net neutrality, and ISPs have been caught red-handed again and again throttling data and slowing down websites.

But if you’re only listening to corporate media, you probably didn’t know about any of that. The Wall Street Journal claimed net neutrality repeal occurred “without incident.”1 Forbes said “nothing of note” had happened since the repeal.2

It’s no surprise that the corporate media isn’t telling the truth about net neutrality. Most of them are owned by companies that stand to profit enormously from ending net neutrality. That’s why it’s up to us to call out big Cable and give voters the facts they need to hold anti-net neutrality members of Congress accountable.

FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has blatantly lied to the public over and over again about net neutrality, despite the more than 80% of people who favor the rules.

He lied about the more than one million anti-net neutrality comments by bots impersonating real people on the FCC website.3 His claim that a DDOS attack shut down the FCC website during a flood of pro-net neutrality comments turned out to be a lie, too.4 And he had to retract erroneous data he spread about broadband speeds increasing post-net neutrality, as well as false information about investment in infrastructure.5

Since the repeal of net neutrality, Big Cable ISPs have slowed speeds to competing sites, forced paying customers to watch advertisements to reach content, and even throttled the service of a fire department in the middle of the wildfire.6

But the corporate media is still parroting Pai’s talking points despite the fact that they were exposed as false.

We can’t count on the corporate media to tell the truth about net neutrality. That’s why Fight for the Future needs to be out there every day, alerting the public about these abuses and demanding that Congress reinstate net neutrality.

Will you make a donation to help fight Big Cable lies and restore net neutrality?

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For the Internet,
Evan at Fight for the Future


Footnotes:

1. The Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/dont-forget-the-net-neutrality-panic-11560553157

2. Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/06/25/reflecting-on-one-year-without-net-neutrality/#4dda15e4edc8

3. Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/bots-broke-fcc-public-comment-system/

4. Vice: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bj9ypw/american-isps-are-better-than-ever-fcc-proclaims-in-study-based-on-flawed-data

5. Engadget: https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/02/ajit-pai-fcc-broadband-growth-figures-error/

6. Public Knowledge: https://www.publicknowledge.org/news-blog/blogs/broadband-providers-are-quietly-taking-advantage-of-an-internet-without-net-neutrality-protections

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