We've been here before. Media history teaches us that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 opened the floodgates for massive deregulation of media services in the U.S. and the corporate dominance over media; at the time, the Chairman of the FCC was Michael Powell, a Republican appointee, just like Ajit Pai, the current Chairman of the FCC. When one corporation can own basically all the newspapers in any market in the U.S., or the television stations or radio stations, it means that not only do we get watered-down, homogeneous news typical from one market to another, and less local news that directly impacts residents, it also means that there are fewer voices of women and minorities who represent those media as media owners, and less journalism around local events that impact civil society and the daily lives of people. Opposition to net neutrality and the support for a 'closed internet' is further evidence of the interests of corporations over people and any achievement of overturning the 2015 Open Internet Order will represent the triumph of deregulatory interests of the corporate world. It will contribute to the censoring and silencing of people's voices and deny our need for open communications systems.
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