T.C. Sottek, reporting for 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.
Completely and utterly along party lines. Not one Democrat voted for this. “Congress” didn’t do this. Republicans in Congress did this.
There’s no argument that can be made in defense of this bill other than that the Republican party believes that increasing the profits of telecom companies is more important than protecting the privacy of people.