Skip to comments.Google is no friend of Internet freedom (SOPA warriors - don't lose sight of Net Neutrality)
Posted on 01/23/2012 5:11:26 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing
For the better part of a decade, companies like Google and IAC/InterActiveCorp have been pushing for the federal government to regulate the Internet in the name of net neutrality, and Ive been fighting them every step of the way.
We beat them in Congress.
We beat them in the courts.
We beat them in public opinion.
But we lost to them on a 3-2 party line vote at the Federal Communications Commission, led by long-time IAC/InterActiveCorp general counsel turned FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. The FCCs unlawful order gives that commission the self-appointed power to regulate how the broadband networks that comprise the Internet operate. (At least until courts again weigh in and stop them.)
Net neutrality regulations benefit those companies, of course, by ensuring they wont pay any of the cost of building broadband networks, leaving those considerable costs to fall completely on consumers and taxpayers.
So Im suffering from serious cognitive dissonance when the very same companies that have adamantly pursued regulation of the physical networks that comprise the Internet have now taken to the airwaves in eight states in opposition to SOPA with a radio ad that says:
"New onerous regulations are the last thing we need from Washington as our nation is struggling to get back on its feet. But in our nations capitol some members of Congress are trying to pass a bill that would do just that, regulate the internet, the one part of our economy that has been growing. That makes no sense."
It sounds like they took notes on our fight against their net neutrality regulatory push and adopted our messages as their own.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
SOPA is dangerous, no doubt. But Net Neutrality is equally as dangerous, considering that it is based in marxism. Why fight only one when you can fight both?
Yup, that’s what happens when you listen to what companies want instead of following free market principles.
The weird thing about “net neutrality” is that the Internet became what it is today purely on the back of net neutrality.
If you like the Internet now, you like net neutrality.
Net Neutrality is a tough one for me to decide. I keep going back and forth.
If you read this article it sounds like it’s backing the ISP side wanting to allow ISPs to control the Internet.
I do like the idea that the Internet is completely open. But concede the point that the company that you pay to run your Internet should be able to do what it wants...if that means limiting bandwidth to sites or even blocking them—hey you get what you pay for.
But then with the huge cost to entry into this market it would quickly be a “let’s share the pie” between the big operators and no one would sell the consumers what they want. As soon as someone tried the big ISPs would run them out of business super quick.
This is a tough one.
“free market” and “monopoly”,
“net neutral” and “regulation”.
You may not mix and match. Tough choice.