AT&T's Monopoly Offers Cautionary Tale for Net Neutrality

AT&T's Monopoly Offers Cautionary Tale for Net Neutrality
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Last week's announcement that the Federal Communications Commission will soon vote to roll back “net neutrality” regulations has produced a lot of hysterical overreaction, with headlines proclaiming, “FCC Is Revving Up to Destroy the Internet as We Know It.”

This obviously counts on the audience's ignorance of history. The Internet started in 1969 (depending on what you count as the Internet), and the Internet “as we know it,” i.e., what we used to call the World Wide Web, has been around for 22 years. For most of that time, the idea that the FCC has anything at all to do with the Internet would have been considered ridiculous (as it still should be). So I don't think reversing a regulation that was only imposed two years ago is going to DESTROY the Internet.

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