Friday, May 14, 2010

Net "Neutrality" Truth of the Day

Center for Individual Freedom:

"'Net Neutrality' is nothing short of an effort to place yet another sector of our economy under federal control. But don’t take our word for it. Consider the words of Robert McChesney, founder of Free Press and the leading activist voice supporting 'Net Neutrality:'

'What we want to have in the U.S., and in every society, is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility. We want an Internet where you don’t have to have a password and that you don’t pay a penny to use. It is your right to use the Internet.' "


  1. I've been for Net Neutrality since 2005 and I have never heard of Robert McChesney. The truth is that Net Neutrality has been recommended by hundreds of online content providers such as Wired, Cnet, and Slate. It was first thought up in 2003 by Tim Wu in this paper.

    Please get your facts right.

  2. "Please get your facts right."

    And what might those "facts" be, Oscar?

    Net (non)"Neutrality" favors the crony capitalism loved by the Obamanation and the control government bureaucrats and agenda hungry "progressives" crave over the rights of individual citizens.

    As surprising as it may be, even some conscientious liberals understand the dangerous concept of net " (non) neutrality":

    "The giant application creators, like Google, provide us with cool stuff that we all love to use but do not want to pay the costs of maintaining or upgrading the networks that are so vital to their success and to our internet experience. Seriously, I love myself some Google and I'm not mad at the fact that they want a free ride. But the question is, who is going to pay for that free ride?

    That brings me to the other corporate interests: the Internet service providers. It is the ISPs who must invest in, upgrade, maintain and build out the networks that allow us to receive these cool applications. While I don't find the network side as sexy as the content side, I do know that we have to have it and ISPs need capital to build and maintain it. So the question remains who is going to pay for maintenance and upgrades to the network if Google gets a free ride? LULAC got it right in their recent Houston Chronicle Op-Ed. Basic economics tells us that if government requires ISPs to give Google a free ride, there's only one other place to look for the money: consumers like you and me."


    "Neither the Commission nor the American people can rightly afford to preoccupy themselves with corporate interests over the greater priority interests of people. As responsible citizens, we have an obligation to speak out for and protect the interests of those who are not already digitally connected.

    I applaud the minority elected officials, the civil rights leaders and the consumer groups who are making their voices heard. I encourage the FCC to listen to the people."

  3. In addition to educating yourself about the facts about Net (non) "Neutrality", you also need to educate yourself about McChesney.