With many proposed changes currently being discussed regarding net neutrality and the FCC, the battlelines are forming. The phrase that the road to hell is paved with good intentions is a old proverb attributed to many sources.
There are so many discussions right now on proposed changes to net neutrality and the FCC, all full of good intentions, and most are as inviting as the road to hell.
I have been asked questions on Donald Trump overturning net neutrality and shutting down websites. There are two different and unrelated issues. Shutting down websites because you don't like what they have to say, or what they are selling is a completely different topic from net neutrality. There have been many proposed laws to control what content is allowed on the internet, and these laws have been for the most part, independent of the net neutrality debate, as we explain here in this discussion on Internet censorship.
Net Neutrality History
The control of the use of the internet will always be a battleground in the United States. It is very similar to the history of radio, the first form of mass communications. Since the very beginning of radio, the U.S. government has tried to control radio. The U.S. Government seized control of radio for the "good of the country" during WWI and seized all amateur radio. After WWI the government created the monopoly called the "Radio Trust" to manage the use of radio. The company RCA was basically a government created monopoly for the control of radio patents.
The FCC was later created to manage radio as it became more and more commercial. Although much has changed since 1934, a lot of the argument now going on regarding net neutrality is based on the premise of the Communications Act of 1934, in that the FCC has the power to manage internet access in the same way they have been managing telephone and radio since 1934.
Net Neutrality has had its highs and lows in the news over the years as various bits of legislation have been proposed, and the FCC has made several rulings.
Recently I've been hit with a rash of questions on net neutrality based on concerns that a Donald Trumppresidency will have a great impact on net neutrality.
The person asking the questions seems have some sense that Donald Trump will be overturning net neutrality and shutting down the internet. I don't understand the comments that Donald Trump wants to "shut down the internet." This rash of questions on net neutrality is an interesting study in the panic and paranoia surrounding politics.