The Trump-FCC-AT&T-Et Al. Plan: The Insidious “Wheel of Mis-Fortune”

[Commentary] The Federal Communications Commission et al have created a series of interconnected proposed rules, regulations and actions. Unfortunately, we, the public, are now facing at least 10-20+ different cuts into the public interest, (depending on how you count). Killing off net neutrality is just one of the many planned harms. While none of this is new, it is now a sped up, concealed, heavily funded and very well coordinated plan, aided by the ability of the companies to control the FCC’s votes.

Primary Goals: AT&T and Verizon plan to be wireless-only entertainment companies. To get there the plan is to:

  • Shut off the retail wired networks and force customers onto more expensive wireless in the home and office.
  • Privatize the majority of the current wireline networks as “Business Data Services” for wireless and block competitors.
  • Get rid of all obligations and constraints, from financial accounting to net neutrality or privacy.
  • Use the FCC, the government, not market forces, to push through the plan.

The Trump-FCC-AT&T-Et Al. Plan: The Insidious “Wheel of Mis-Fortune”