It has not always been thus. Read the Communications Act of 1934–seriously, the whole damn thing. If that’s too much for your 21st century brain, read the Wikipedia article, and compare it to the Telecommunications Act pf 1996 (signed into law by a president who was a member of the “Democratic” party but who had little truck with democracy).
Spoiler alert: Between 1934 and the present a silent coup has been unfolding in the American Republic in slow motion. The Telecom Act of 1996 was a major milestone, but it was an aspect of what Nixon’s soon-to-be Supreme Court “Justice” Lewis Powell urged to the US Chamber of Commerce (note the timing) in 1971, shortly before he took the oath of office. The coup, while silent (at least in the MSM), has not been bloodless even within the borders of this nation, but it has already resulted in far more deaths from other proximate causes, and millions of both types abroad. It continues today, despite the potential rescue of the internet.
If you have not already done so, read Yale Historian Timothy Snyder’s little book On Tyranny from last year, because it’s already here. Snyder offers 20 very brief “Lessons” on the nature of tyranny in the 20th century (his specialty) and on how to deal with it without becoming overwhelmed. It’s small, cheap ($8.99), and the author is not at all snide but eminently readable and deadly serious.