Thursday, July 1, 2010
What's in a Name - Net Neutrality Ain't About Neutrality
Via the Internet, I can talk with folks the world over. The only limitation to my use of the net is where restrictive governments have added to the basic design to place "kill switches" and blocks between their people and the net. I believe the FCC chairman is attempting to start a similar process in the United States by taking over "regulation" of the Internet.
If we don't do this, we give to the executive branch of our government, a "kill switch" that can be used to shut off free speech and punish those it opposes. Legislation like The Net Neutrality Act and the Fairness Doctrine, while they sound lovely and Democratic, only serve to create the very tools by which free speech may be stifled.
We have the right to say what we want, but there is another right we also have which isn't much talked about by supporters of Net Neutrality and the Fairness Doctrine. That is, the right not to listen! Anyone has a right to stand up on their soapbox and speak their mind, but it's up to them to hold their audience's attention.
We have freedom on the Internet now. I've never known a time when freedom was improved by giving the government more power to regulate it.
Tom King - Tyler, TX