The Federal Communications Commission voted this week to end net neutrality, a set of rules put in place by the Obama Administration to ensure a free and open internet. It will be worse than it sounds.
In his latest op-ed piece for Huffington Post, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg argues that with the end of net neutrality “ISPs will be free to charge consumers more for the same internet experience they have now by creating, for example, high-speed ‘fast-lane’ bundles to some of the most popular sites … or, for example, by blocking or slowing down access to certain sites until a ‘full access’ fee is paid. Or your ISP may not even offer access to all of the internet.”
But that’s not the worst of it, as Michael points out, “By allowing a few giant corporations to be the gatekeepers of internet content, the internet will become just another means for big money, politics, and greed to control the information to which consumers will have access.”
Even though the FCC voted 3-2 to end net neutrality on Thursday, the fight isn’t over. Michael urges consumers to reach out to their elected representatives, FCC commissioners, and support consumer rights groups.
Michael is a regular contributor for HuffPost, where he writes about legal and regulatory issues that threaten the rights of average Americans.
Michael S. Burg is one of America’s leading trial lawyers, author of the best-selling book, “Trial by Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives,” and founding shareholder of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine. A legal champion for victims of corporate and individual malfeasance, negligence, overreach and abuse, Burg began his career fighting for the underdog and has gone on to successfully litigate some of the country’s most high-profile cases of the past four decades.