The FCC’s net neutrality ruling is awesome because…

February 27, 2015 Originally published on SFGate

The FCC voted 3-to-2 to create a series of sweeping changes [to the Communications Act], including three open Internet conduct rules that block broadband providers, both wired and wireless, from blocking or throttling Internet traffic. The rules also ban broadband providers from taking payments to prioritize content and services over their networks. – PC Mag

Do you understand the basics of net neutrality, and the FCC’s (sort of astounding) ruling? What it actually means? Here’s how 14 of the major media outlets describe it. But more than that, this historic vote is awesome for a number of reasons, not the least of which is:

  1. Republicans hate it
  2. So does big telecom. You know when Verizon, Comcast, AT&T are all against something, it’s got to be good
  3. You will not have to pay more for any ‘tiered’ service or BS bundled deals, which is another way of saying you won’t get screwed if you don’t
  4. Obama did good
    Net neutrality - sort of like this, but nicer

    Net neutrality – sort of like this, but nicer

  5. Obama did good, in the face of a sneering, leering, anti-everything white-male GOP congress that despises him and which supposedly controls everything right now and OMG how totally embarrassing for them, again, not a few days after Keystone XL and Obamacare’s continued, undeniable success
  6. Porn stars are happy
  7. Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who basically invented the World Wide Web, is happy
  8. Mark Cuban – who, we are reminded yet again, is kind of a simp – is not
  9. When you hear words like “huge win for the Internet,” “equality,” “consumer victory,” “good for everyone” and “fair, open and free,” you know Mitch McConnell will, once again, be grinding his teeth in his sleep like an angry old dog
  10. Note how the two Democratic commissioners who voted in support of the new rules, along with FCC chairman Tom Wheeler (also a Democrat) are Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel. Both are Obama appointees, and both are women. And Clyburn is black! How dare more smart, liberal women exert their power. You can almost taste the bile rising in Republicans’ throats.

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