Justice

Dec 15, 2017

What the American net neutrality decision means for Australia

Ajit Pai's destruction of net neutrality has ramifications beyond the American economy into the realm of human rights.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran and Amy Gray

Associate editor / Freelance writer

Like most decisions currently made in Washington, the decision to repeal net neutrality is a craven appeal to its favourite American citizen: corporations.

Net neutrality treats internet service providers as public utilities like gas or electricity and requires those ISPs to provide access to all digital content within their pricing. This means you pay to access everything on the internet at the same speed – no matter the location or whether you’re streaming movies or whatever endless gif loop is giving your life meaning.

Free Trial

Proudly annoying those in power since 2000.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions

8 comments

Leave a comment

8 thoughts on “What the American net neutrality decision means for Australia

  1. Graeski

    Democracy in the USA is officially dead.

    1. drsmithy

      Nah. This is barely an encore after Citizens United.

  2. zut alors

    People over profit – what a quaint notion. What’s that worth on the Dow Jones?

  3. AR

    How come nobody has mentioned the porn in the room?
    This is not about abolishing it, yet, but monetising it by those not getting their cut of the single largest search term.

  4. Don Willoughby

    As you said, The US does and we will follow. Poor take-up of NBN might be reversed by an NBN guarantee that all participating carriers will be obliged to provide net neutrality to all customers using the NBN. If some carriers that don’t like that it is a good indication of what customers will be able to expect in future from mobile broadband.

  5. dennis

    The greatest threat to the Elite, since the elite became the elite, is the flow of information in seconds around the world, they have to find a way to slow it down or stop it. How simple is that to understand. Give up the Internet, now, and buy a bible, or koran, other wise your only reading fake news on the internet any way, he he har har weeeeeee.

  6. Administrator

    And the Dirty Pool continues, at the expense of customers, to enrich the unworthy. While America unravels net neutrality and Australian regulators sleep on.

  7. Andrew Clarke

    Thanks for explaining things it is critically important we all protect these rights

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details

Sending...