Political Revolution

Don’t Like FCC Ruling? Boycott Home Internet Service!

Ajit Pai in Santa Costume
Written by JoAnn Chateau

In the video above, FCC chairman Ajit Pai tries to put a “shine” on killing Net Neutrality. Clownish. I certainly hope the decision backfires on Pai and his corporate cohorts. In fact, here’s a suggestion that may help…

If you have library, school or coffee shop Internet access,
consider cancelling your home Internet,
even for a few months.

It is inconvenient, I know. I tried it over the summer. After only a few months, I went whimpering back to my Internet service provider (ISP). But it is not impossible.

Adapt a Little

You can watch antenna TV for news and DVDs for entertainment, read books, do your writing offline, buy a newspaper, listen to radio, “gram your food” with the conversion chart in a dictionary. (Oh! Did Pai mean foodie photos on Insta-“gram?”) You only need to schedule trips to free wireless locations for online tasks, to upload blog posts, and watch progressive news (with headphones).

Yes, going without home Internet does represent a lot of extra work, but on the plus side… Internet monies, and time, may be diverted elsewhere. You could… take up a sport, buy books at B&N, join a local volunteer or activist group, learn to meditate, shop the local bazaars. Or you could stash $1,000 a year, give or take, into a savings account. The advantages multiply if you also drop cable.

Living without home Internet for a while might actually be good for us. It would goad many of us to be more active, more social, more well-rounded. All it takes is a little adaptation.

It’s a Protest

If we’re expected to be happy about 7 inconsequential things that Ajit Pai assures us are “still” possible, I say we don’t need an Internet. I know that isn’t the Internet we want.

Who created the Internet, in the first place? The government. Who owns the Internet? Well, taxpayer dollars funded Internet development, so the Internet belongs to everybody. In an effort to make citizens heard, after 22 million voices from the FCC comment period were outright ignored, why not crash the residential ISP market?

Personally, I am setting a kill date for my home Internet service — in protest.

I’m putting my website in order, simplifying here and there, organizing a new work flow. With a book to write, less online distraction is actually a plus. What projects would you launch if you had more spare time and money?

So, how about it? Care to kick home Internet to the curb with me? After all, lawsuits and lawmakers are continuing the fight. Why not add a consumer boycott to the mix? We have corporate clowns to take down!


Be aware. Care. Dare.

 

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

11 Comments

  • JoAnn, his video makes light of what could have serious repercussions for small ISP’s, new internet upstarts, and app creators. We don’t all ‘gram food and post pics of cute animals. This was seriously disrespectful! As to your idea of a boycott, maybe a flashmob type endeavor could be arranged.

  • I switched to wireless Internet (Verizon) several months ago. I can take the little WiFi device that comes with it anywhere I can take my laptop. But I’m unhappy with Verizon because I signed a 2 year contract at a preset rate, and they just went up $30.00 monthly starting last month after only 3 months. I am now considering replacing this with something different.

  • This might work for some people, but not for those with multi-service bundles (landline phone, cable TV and high-speed internet.) What is more, it should not be too much to ask that our government officials make decisions that are good for the people as opposed to good for the corporations or special interests.

    • Elizabeth, that will not work on conservative politicians and even some liberals. Even now the conservatives are eyeballing huge cuts to Medicaid (millions of recipients are either sick or disabled) as one means to make up for the 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut that mostly gos to the wealthy.

      We have to elect progressive candidates in the mold of Sanders and Warren. A progressive Congress and White House is our only salvation from corporate greed.

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