Who’s Really Censoring the Web?

Net neutrality advocates have it backwards.

Major Silicon Valley companies and their supporters are outraged that the FCC is poised to repeal the Obama administration’s so-called net neutrality regulations—but if anyone should be subject to regulation in the name of preserving a free Internet, it’s them. As FCC chairman Ajit Pai put it, Silicon Valley social-media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube “are a much bigger actual threat to an open Internet than broadband providers, especially when it comes to discrimination on the basis of viewpoint.”

  • Brett McS

    In the fourth season we learn that the central arc of the technically accurate comedy, Silicon Valley, is based on the development of a decentralized internet, using so-called mesh-nets. Governments of all stripes want to control the internet and the big ISPs are obvious choke points for them to target. However, the mesh nets will make that sort of control basically impossible, and cyber currencies will take away the easy money creation monopoly that actually funds governments (taxes play catch-up but never do). The future is starting to look like a libertarian dream.