Net Neutrality Reversed by FCC, A Courageous Alabama Father Stands Up for the Memory of His Gay Daughter, and Good Luck / Congrats on Finals!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) struck down “net neutrality” provisions today that mandated equal treatment by internet carriers in terms of both websites and user access. Prior to the narrow 3-2 vote, bipartisan opposition to the repeal was strong. Opponents argued that without the regulations, internet providers essentially become “gatekeepers” of the internet through their ability to slow down access to smaller start-up sites and instead funnel internet users toward more favored sites, such as those that enter into financial agreements with internet providers for “paid prioritization.” Proponents of the appeal – internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon -- argued the repeat would allow for greater competition in the marketplace. A University of Maryland poll released earlier this week found that 80% of respondents disfavored the repeal. Lawsuits are anticipated.
Amidst the public discourse surrounding the Alabama special U.S. senate election, a touching story emerged. William Mathis stood outside of a Roy Moore rally with a humble sign supporting his gay daughter, Patti Sue, who had committed suicide at the age of 22. Reflecting popular opinion at that time, the elder Mathis once told Patti Sue that he would rather have no daughter at all than a gay daughter. While the two reconciled prior to Patti Sue’s death, Mr. Mathis has never gotten over the loss of his daughter and took umbrage when candidate Moore labeled homosexuals “perverts” and “abominations.” Mr. Mathis’ sign included a picture of Patt Sue in what appeared to be her high-school basketball uniform. In his own words, this caring father said: “somebody needs to speak up.”
On a lighter note, are you all done with finals? Maybe one more Evidence essay to go? Congrats to all who are finished and good luck and congrats in advance to all who will be soon. You’ve worked hard! Celebrate and enjoy the Holidays!
Editorial Note: EQ4ALL applauds Mr. Mathis for sharing his pain and allowing others to see that the fallacy of prejudiced views sometimes only become clear though personal interaction and challenges. While Mr. Mathis lost his daughter, his action to stand up for her memory makes clear her death was not in vain. And no doubt, somewhere in Heaven, Patti Sue knows that.