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By Lauren McCord, TechCrunchThe internet has been a big part of the fabric of modern life since the advent of the transistor, but as of this week, we’re no longer talking about the era of the iPhone, the first smartphone to support the new standards of modern web technology.
Instead, we’ll be talking about an entirely different era: the era that brought us the internet, the internet that will make a new generation of internet users rich and famous.
It was a momentous day for the internet.
With just a few weeks until the FCC voted on net neutrality, a rule that would ban ISPs from blocking, throttling or slowing websites, a big swath of the internet experienced its first real wave of excitement.
In just a day, the #NetNeutrality movement had been declared unstoppable, with a few days left before the vote, and a few thousand people were expected to attend the rally to protest the repeal of net neutrality.
But there were problems.
The internet had been a largely untapped market, and as a result, a few major players were left out of the action.
The biggest of those was Comcast, the world’s largest broadband provider, which was forced to shut down its broadband service in the days leading up to the vote.
Other major players in the sector, such as AT&T and Verizon, were forced to halt their plans to build their own broadband networks.
The Internet Association, a lobby group for the industry, was forced out of its position as the main lobbyist for net neutrality in Congress.
In the end, all those major players who had been pushing for net, net neutrality and internet freedom, all of whom were well known and trusted by the public, all but gave up on it.
As of Tuesday, the day before the FCC vote, Comcast’s net neutrality policy had been killed in the United States, with Verizon and AT&Ts’ net neutrality policies set to expire in 2018.
The internet was a huge, but also largely untamed market, with no one to fight for it and no one who was willing to make a living selling it.
It was a place that was ripe for the taking.
And with the Internet Association no longer part of that equation, the opportunity to build a new, better internet was lost.
The new internet, though, was not a free market.
As McCord points out, “it was still a place where the rich could afford to pay for access to their favorite websites, but where those who didn’t, were often forced to pay extra fees to access those sites.
Those sites were often paid for by the users of those websites, who were in turn being forced to subsidize the service providers’ fees.
Those fees were a form of market abuse.
If the internet was free, there wouldn’t be a problem.
If you were making money, you’d be paying for the service.
If people were getting a fair return on their money, there would be no problem.”
In fact, it’s important to remember that net neutrality was never meant to be a free internet.
It’s an attempt to address a fundamental flaw in the way that broadband services are currently set up.
It is the result of years of intense lobbying efforts that led to the creation of the Open Internet Order in 2015, a set of rules designed to ensure that internet access is open to all, regardless of what content they use.
In the order, the FCC said it was looking to create a framework that would ensure that broadband providers can’t “interfere with the flow of data on the internet to influence the quality, speed or availability of internet access to consumers.”
In other words, it says that if you’re using a video streaming service, for example, you should be able to access it at the speed you want.
It also says that ISPs can’t block websites that offer content they don’t want to access.
The problem with that is that the internet has always been about content.
For years, companies like Netflix and Hulu have been offering the same content to consumers, but they were being charged extra fees for it.
The reason is that these services had to pay providers for access.
And because of that, a lot of the content companies that existed before Netflix and other similar services like it didn’t exist anymore.
The FCC, which set out to address that problem in its 2015 order, said it wanted to create “a new market for broadband services to provide the best, most affordable, and seamless internet experience to consumers that is open, transparent, and affordable to all Americans.”
That new market was broadband.
But even as the internet evolved, there were also issues with the way it was built.
In order to build the internet we’ve come to know and love, it had to be incredibly complex.
The open internet rules of 2015 did little to help build a framework in which we could build the best internet that we wanted.
Instead, the order set up a system of “fast lanes