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    This is pretty horrible. I really hope it doesn’t make its way up north to Canada, but the Internet being what it is, I can’t see how the impact won’t be felt.

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      The only good news here is that they’ve been playing a little fast-and-lose with the procedural parts- loose enough that the order’ll get tied up in court, at least for a bit.

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        (Warning: snarky humour ahead. Continue at your own risk, or seek a safe space instead if you’re allergic)

        the rules do pretty much everything he promised they would, including rolling back the Title II classification of ISPs as common carriers that gives the FCC its ability to enforce net neutrality. Without that authority, the FCC can’t really protect you

        Gosh, the FCC decided to remove its ability to protect you! They really really wanted to keep protecting you, but this naughty Ajit Pai guy made it so that now they can’t, and you’ll be at Comcast’s mercy! .. like, even more than before!

        This development is really confusing, considering your safety is obviously the government’s primary concern. I mean, they protect you from child-molesting, baby-seal-clubbing terrorists that hate you for your freedom by checking your passport at least five times before letting you on a plane!

        They protect you from potential drug addiction by threatening you with life-ruining penalties for possessing a certain plant!

        They protect you from yourself by telling you to hold the hand rail when using an escalator, because otherwise you might fall down and die! They protect you from having your salary’s purchasing power increase, by gradually destroying the currency it’s paid in!

        There are countless different ways in which the government shows how truly, madly, deeply it cares about your well-being, so this net neutrality thing must be some kind of mistake. Temporary insanity!

        Maybe you should write to your congressman and beg him to please kindly restore the FCC’s ability to protect you again? The willingness must still be there, of course. It’s what the FCC exists for. The congressman cares super deeply too.

        Surely all the protection money we pay to the government entitles us to all the protection services they can bestow upon us, including, of course, the protection we just regrettably lost!

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          libertarian capitalists are the enablers of authoritarian capitalists. You loosen the reigns on corporations and they seize control of the government, and now you have overbearing corporations and an overbearing government. How do you think we got where we are now? Simply put, it’s profitable to control the public.

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            You loosen the reigns on corporations and they seize control of the government

            Politicians are always happy to take bribes - that’s a big part of why they become politicians. In other words, the reins on corporations were never all that tight to begin with.

            now you have overbearing corporations and an overbearing government

            Governments are not bribed to become authoritarian. They develop into police states on their own, because it’s all about controlling the masses and making sure the government’s rule over them is not threatened.

            How do you think we got where we are now? Simply put, it’s profitable to control the public.

            Sure, it’s profitable too, but the government’s actual primary concern is staying in power so that they can keep exploiting the masses, which is what governments exist for. The system is working very much as intended. It’s just not intended to work for our benefit.