This documentary follows the market research of John Wooley, whom in 2012 was apparently employed by large ISPs in an attempt to sell the idea of a
"faster", "cleaner" internet.The film takes place over a 6 month journey; speaking with many advocates for internet freedom, business owners, and
ordinary people from all over America.
The basic idea is that Verizon, AT&T, etc, would provide the internet on the basis of having a "slow-lane" and a "fast-lane". Corporate approved
websites are prioritized and everything else takes the slow lane unless they pay the fee. It doesn't stop there, they even plan to surcharge us for
the privilege of using their fast lanes. The idea is essentially to turn the internet into cable TV, so surcharges on "premium" stuff (hyped media)
and an ever increasing bill.
Being that John is employed by these companies throughout the film he takes the position of being on the side of the major corporations, but finds it
very difficult to argue their case. This leads him to doing all sorts of mental gymnastics to try to justify the plan, but it all starts to crumble
when a particularly interesting lead sends John to North Carolina to investigate claims that people had attempted to build their own infrastructure to
provide internet; as currently they have none bar one high altitude location in town where kids go to do their homework.
Really an excellent watch. Something everybody that cares about the internet and freedom of speech needs to be aware of as time passes, this is an
issue that can't afford to go unnoticed by anyone.
edit: i wasn't sure what forum to put this in, so if a mod/admin thinks it more appropriate elsewhere feel free to relocate it!
15-9-2013 by thoughtfuldeliquent because: (no reason given)
edit on 15-9-2013 by thoughtfuldeliquent because: typos & clarity
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