You Can’t Spell Betrayal Without FCC

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There’s something about the Internet that seems to restore people’s faith in democracy. It’s free! It’s open! It’s a platform for the people! Anybody can make a website! It is as though the Internet functions as a blank screen upon which we project (or code) our hopes for what the Internet might be if only we want it badly enough.

From the explosion of advertisements, to the ubiquitous presence of tracking, to the presence of hordes of trolls – it has become rather clear that the Internet’s democratizing potential is assailed on all sides. Yet even amongst all of the detractions and all of its many flaws one of the elements that has allowed the Internet to maintain a grip on its claim to equity has been the presence of Net Neutrality…without which the Internet begins to look less and less like a vibrant town square and more and more…

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