Donald Trump Supporters ‘Conned’ Into Opposing Net Neutrality
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Donald Trump Supporters ‘Conned’ Into Opposing Net Neutrality

Supporters of President Donald Trump on Reddit are possibly being duped into becoming opponents to net neutrality by a one-month-old account with almost no previous activity. The account in question, geotus, has posted for 15-days exclusively in r/The_Donald, a subreddit where nearly half a million followers refer to Trump as a “God Emperor.” Nearly all of geotus’ activity has had to do with opposing net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the principle that any internet service providers from Comcast to Verizon should offer the same level of access to all content and applications regardless of the source, without throttling speed or access to others. Many sites like Google and Twitter recently took part in the “Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality,” after Ajit Pai, head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and appointed by President Donald Trump in January, proposed changes to the rule.

According to Reuters, “Pai wants the commission to repeal the rules that reclassified internet service providers as if they were utilities, saying the open internet rules adopted under former President Barack Obama harm jobs and investment.”

In May, the FCC voted 2-1 to advance a Republican plan to reverse net neutrality.

The above video was shared by geotus on r/The_Donald and was noticed by followers on r/HailCorporate, a separate subreddit dedicated to identifying perceived corporate subterfuge. r/HailCorporate followers believe that a similar thing is happening with net neutrality like what happened in the 2016 election, where Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans to excite the base, reports Business Insider.

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Anonymous

The article didn’t explain the opposing viewpoint on net neutrality.

Anonymous

Thats because the opposing viewpoint is to screw everyone for the benefit of a very few monopolistic corporations.

manofredearth

75% of Trunp supporters oppose ending net neutrality despite being subjected to heavy corporate and government propaganda. The counter-point, that corporations own and control the open & public internet because they invested a fortune into a public utility with no promise of ownership or compensation, is blatantly laughable.

Anonymous

That’s not true. Chairman Pai is soon expected to unveil his plan to undo Net Neutrality and replace it with a light-touch approach that centers on competition and consumer protection and allows government intervention only when there is actual consumer harm – not just scare stories. And in a refreshing break from the usual pattern of regulators accruing to themselves as much power as possible, the Pai plan will probably relinquish authority from his own agency to the Federal Trade Commission, which has far better expertise in consumer protection and competition issues.

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