The 265 Members Of Congress Who Sold You Out To ISPs, And How Much It Cost To Buy Them

Submitted by: daegog 3 weeks ago in News & Politics Tech


I realize politicians are just whores, but do they have to be that cheap? Some as low as $500.

An excerpt from The Verge: Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and “free markets,” as if consumers at the mercy of their local internet monopoly are craving to have their web history quietly sold to marketers and any other third party willing to pay.

The only people who seem to want this are the people who are going to make lots of money from it. (Hint: they work for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.) Incidentally, these people and their companies routinely give lots of money to members of Congress.

So here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.

The 256 names of the lawmakers and the amount of money they took to sold you out can be found at The Verge.
There are 7 comments:
Male 196
Perhaps our prime minister can help 
0
Reply
Male 4,391
I guess it's mean steam valve will go back to spying on us
0
Reply
Male 6,630
A nation that is concerned with only money is a nation in ruin.

#NationInFreeFall
0
Reply
Male 1,543
the thing i am not getting in all this....ISPs are BUSINESSES.  they do it to make money.  In our system....if they do a crappy job, another company sets up service and COMPETES.  thru competition we get lower prices and technological innovation.

are you all advocating some sort of communist society-like system...where the GOVERNMENT is in charge of technological innovation?  OMFG, THAT would suck.
-1
Reply
Male 3,707
spanz While in theory you are right. Competition is great for lowering prices and technological innovations. The problem is in most areas you only have 1 to 3 choices.

In my area, we can get Verizon DSL at a whopping speed of 3 Mbps, Xfinity (Comcast) at up to 100 Mbps, and we do have more local company who can also get up to 100 Mbps. There are a couple other ISPs, but they don't offer anything faster than 1 Mbps, or issue data caps that a miniscule.

Unfortunately, the third company actually doesn't serve my town, they stop from up the hill. So where's the competition? Where's the innovation?

Net neutrality doesn't stop new companies from setting up business to compete with standing businesses; standing businesses in the pockets of politicians do.
1
Reply
Male 4,199
spanz 

You cannot just up and setup SpanzNet to compete with Time Warner or Comcast.  They have paid off politicians at every level to ensure that it is nigh impossible for you to start up your own ISP.

There is no true competition in my area, I can get fucked by comcast or i can get fucked by AT&T.

If i Hate both of those (and i do) then i am just shit out of luck.

Consider GOOGLE, can barely make any headway into different areas because they are getting beat up in every court because the ISPs have paid politicians to minimize the number of ISPs allowed in a given area.  

If GOOGLE (with all their money, technical know how, and legal/poliitical power) cannot go to a city and set up a network, no one else has any chance at all.

Capitalism always breaks down the moment you let companies pay off politicians, competition is stifled and lower prices are an absolute joke.
1
Reply
Male 4,199
Your ISP will happily sell info about every porn site you visit, enjoy!
0
Reply