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Say Goodbye to ANY Chance that Technology Can Provide an Equitable Learning Opportunity

December 16, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/opinion/expect-a-cozy-trump-telecom-alliance.html?ref=opinionI just read today’s NYTimes editorial and was inclined to slam my laptop shut. “Expect a Cozy Trump-Telecom Alliance” includes this disheartening paragraph:

On the chopping block are net neutrality rules adopted by the F.C.C. in 2015 to prohibit companies like Comcast and Verizon from giving preference to some content over others. For example, Comcast is not allowed to engineer its broadband network to download movies and TV shows from its NBC Universal subsidiary faster than movies from Netflix. These rules were upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in June. But the F.C.C. under Mr. Trump is likely to repeal them. Once Mr. Trump appoints a new F.C.C. chairman, probably early next year, Republicans, who have been inveterate opponents of telecom regulation in recent years, will have a 3-to-2 majority on the commission; Democrats have a majority now.

The deregulation will be great for the oligopolist oligarchs… but yet another obstacle to those in rural outposts and urban areas where profits are hard to come by.

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