Trump's FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is looking to kill Obama era net-neutrality rules — here's why net neutrality is important, according to Steve Wozniak.
There have been just two occasions when Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak felt he needed to fly to Washington, DC, for an important ruling, and they both involved decisions on net neutrality.
If you're not familiar with it, net neutrality is the idea that all information moving across the internet should be treated equally. On the other hand, internet service providers such as Verizon and AT&T believe that if a video-streaming site wants to ensure speedy delivery of its content, it should have to pay more for access to a high-speed-internet fast lane.
Business Insider spoke with Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak to find out why he believes net neutrality is so important. Following is a transcript of the video.
Steve Wozniak: I twice in my life flew to Washington, DC, to be at a meeting where an important decision was coming down, and it was two rulings on net neutrality, and I was present in the audience. And that probably says enough about my own feelings.
I'm also one of the founders of the EFF. And I always favor those who don't have money, the people who are attending our Comic Con, I favor them over the people who have money and power and wealth.
Like big companies — be it Google, be it even Apple, I always favor the small one, and net neutrality kind of ensures the big guys will have a route in.
Look who our president is going to look to for advice — and the advice he's going to get is, “Let us rule, let us rule the internet, and let us have lower taxes.” And that just fights against the little guy.
This video was originally published April 26, 2017.