I remember once talking to a door-to-door solicitor for Comcast, asking him what he thought about his company’s dismal record on net neutrality. He had no idea what I was talking about. As I explained to him that the term referred to the principle of equal treatment of and access to all Internet content, his eyes began to glaze over. Now a short, satirical film that’s been making the rounds since yesterday, when Verizon and the FCC argued over net neutrality in a federal appeals court, aims to explain a wonky topic that might as well be called “make my eyes glaze over.”
“The Internet Must Go” (video below, too) is a fake leaked video supposedly made by someone hired by Internet service providers to conduct market research on their plans to create fast lanes for Internet traffic and “innovative new ways” to charge people to access certain websites. It has cameos by Sen. Al Franken, reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian, Zipcar founder Robin Chase and more as they talk about the pros and cons of net neutrality.
Such explanations abound lately; see this one by Timothy B. Lee of the Washington Post, who writes that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit is expected to rule later this year or early next year. The case could drag on for years, and, as many have written, could eventually find its way to the Supreme Court unless Congress affirms that the Federal Communications Commission has clear authority over the issue.
Photo at top is a screenshot from the short film.