Here’s Some Positive News: The Person Responsible For Killing Net Neutrality Is Leaving

Vox reports that Ajit Pai will be stepping down as FCC chair on January 20, 2021, the same day President-elect Biden is sworn into office. Pai is the individual singlehandedly responsible for gutting Net Neutrality, the set of regulations that used to require Telecom providers, (like Internet Service Providers Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and AT&T) to deliver all web content at the same speed.

When it was a thing, net neutrality created an even playing field that allowed nonprofit performing arts organizations the very same ability to deliver their content to users as Amazon, Google, or Facebook.

Pai used numerous ham-fisted tactics to kill the regulation entirely. He also went the extra step of salting the earth by adding new regulations that make it all but impossible for a new FCC chair to reverse.

Moving forward, it will likely take buy-in from both houses of Congress and the White House to pass the Save the Internet Act which would restore protections for reasonable Internet service and prevent ISPs from throttling traffic, censoring content, and imposing unfair fees.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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