Med nätneutralitetens död försvinner det fria allmänt tillgängliga Internet.

I sitt angrepp på det fria amerikanska samhället så har Donald Trump nu beslutat sig för att krossa det fria Internet och avskaffa Nätneutraliteten. Vilket kortfattat betyder att Internet nu kommer att domineras av ett litet antal jätteföretag som kommer att krossa all innovation och alla startupföretag som på något sätt kan komma att hopa deras monopol.

Farhad Manjoo skriver i New York Times:The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death.

Because net neutrality shelters start-ups — which can’t easily pay for fast-line access — from internet giants that can pay, the rules are just about the last bulwark against the complete corporate takeover of much of online life. When the rules go, the internet will still work, but it will look like and feel like something else altogether — a network in which business development deals, rather than innovation, determine what you experience, a network that feels much more like cable TV than the technological Wild West that gave you Napster and Netflix.
If this sounds alarmist, consider that the state of digital competition is already pretty sorry. As I’ve argued regularly, much of the tech industry is at risk of getting swallowed by giants. Today’s internet is lousy with gatekeepers, tollbooths and monopolists.

The five most valuable American companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — control much of the online infrastructure, from app stores to operating systems to cloud storage to nearly all of the online ad business. A handful of broadband companies — AT&T, Charter, Comcast and Verizon, many of which are also aiming to become content companies, because why not — provide virtually all the internet connections to American homes and smartphones.

Together these giants have carved the internet into a historically profitable system of fiefs. They have turned a network whose very promise was endless innovation into one stuck in mud, where every start-up is at the tender mercy of some of the largest corporations on the planet.

Vad som nu kommer istället är gräddfiler för de rika och monopol på Internettjänster från de stora webb-företagen. Och passiva användare som mest påminner om tevetittare.