And Old Comic Explaining Net Neutrality

In 2011, I made an illustrated parable explaining the history and future of the internet in response to Congress trying to kill net neutrality with the Stop Online Pirating Act and Protect IP Act. A few years after both bills failed, I deleted this comic because it felt obscure, irrelevant, and fearmongering. Net Neutrality is under attack again. This time, telecom companies have bribed the head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, to use the FCC’s power to do what Congress couldn’t. So I’m reposting this unfortunately still-relevant comic.

Note: In real life, the internet wasn’t invented because the public demanded it. It was funded and created quietly by the U.S. military and several large universities to transfer military and scientific data. I changed this in the story for the sake of brevity.

 

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