The year, 2017, has quite quite a doozy. Google summed it up well with their Year in Search 2017 video, but the news never sleeps, and that is especially true this Thursday. On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to undo net neutrality rules. Seriously. If there’s any time to panic, dear readers, it’s now.
Curbed sister site The Verge reports, “They [internet providers] can block, throttle, and prioritize content if they wish to. The only real rule is that they have to publicly state that they’re going to do it.”
In response to the 3-2 vote, FCC Member Jessica Rosenworcel described the decision as “rash” and that it puts the FCC “on the wrong side of history” and allows internet providers to “discriminate and manipulate your internet traffic.”
According to The Verge, this is the first time in more than a decade that the FCC has been opposed to net neutrality. In the next few weeks, the FCC will make final adjustments to the rules before later filing them with the Federal Register and having them appear there in a few months.
In light of this turn of events, Curbed DC would like to list some commonly held issues in the nation’s capital that don’t tend to be very popular, but, you know what, they look golden in comparison to the killing of net neutrality. Here are 10 things in D.C. that are pretty bad, but not as horrible as the FCC ruling:
- The smell of Metro brakes
- A Jumbo Slice at 2 in the morning
- When a Maryland or Virginia driver gets confused and cuts you off
- When your favorite brunch place has no extra tables, so you’re stuck going to your second favorite brunch place
- When the Washington football team loses
- When the line at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods Market is so, so, so long
- When someone stands on the left on the escalator
- People who ride Segways without helmets (yes, it happens)
- Red Line delays
- Taxation without representation (okay, that’s actually pretty annoying ...)
• The FCC just killed net neutrality [The Verge]