By personal injury attorney Michael Ehline – Net neutrality is one of the most fiercely debated topics in the political and tech realms today. While there are arguments that some aspects of the proposed changes are not all bad, it is clear that many portions will be expressly harmful for many industries, and ultimately for the consumer. Policy makers should beware the stifling effect that it will have on the markets that have grown so aggressively in the last two decades and act to make sure that it does not halt this process.
For example, take the legal profession. Anti-Net Neutrality laws, and their associated regulations, will force a throttle for not only bandwidth speeds but also for the expansion of the internet itself. The vague wording of current proposals will tremendously strengthen the hand of regulating bodies such as the FCC, which could then stifle the efforts of other ISPs or restrict the current coverage expected by consumers. For small law firms, it would be a nightmare. Clients would have to deal with potential cuts in both bandwidth and other issues.
Large providers could use the regulatory scheme to dramatically increase prices or surcharges almost at whim. The creation of cartels will make it harder to challenge these corporations in court and would likely set up an internet not organized around the free exchange of ideas but rather a tiered system bound to the highest bidder. Small injury law firms could bear the brunt of much of the proposed changes, with the free access of ideas restricted.
Be Prepared to Be Priced Off of the Front Page
So if you have a thriving personal injury law practice, for example, consider that a larger law firm “mill”, or TV network will now be able to price you right off of the front page. Consider too that Obama is turning over control of the internet to a world body of countries that do not respect free speech rights, and who filter search results to their citizens.
With the president’s open attacks on news agencies not sympathetic to the White House, and with the appointment of an anti net neutrality FCC commissioner proposing regulations that will help large corporations sympathetic to the president, many smaller injury firms in particular, are starting question why they supported the current administration at all. I for one feel like a “useful idiot” and want to expose these billionaire kickbacks before it is too late. What do you have to say about all of this?
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