I know that aside from the knee jerk fuckwads who can say terminally stupid shit like this - They say let the government dictate it...I urge my colleagues to reject government regulation of the Internet - that most people have little understanding of what the stakes are. And part of that is right wing public brainwashing - the sort of "Capitalism" that doesn't believe in open, free markets, just corporate control. In other words, the kind of capitalism once practiced in Mussolini's Italy and today in Russia and China and many other countries America should not attempt to emulate. The worst kind of capitalism - no free markets, just state and corporation as one and the same.
Make no mistake - this is about turning the Internet back into cable tv.
It would be one thing if there were a market in Internet connections in America. But there isn't. And it's due to the worst kind of government interference - granting of monopolies - and the worst kind of government non-interference - no creation of a market through rules promoting competition. Even where the rules allegedly promote competition - say, requiring the "naked DSL" offering - the major corporations are allowed to flout these rules with impunity. The result is that the USA is well on its way to becoming a second-class nation in terms of Internet access. From Europe to Korea and Japan, healthy regulation provides consumers with more choice and better (faster) and cheaper selections than we have in the USA. And wonder of wonders, their corporations still turn a profit. If we had these kind of choices, I would not be worried about equal access to the Internet - any provider who denied their customers equal access would soon perish.
But we fucking don't have free market choices in the US. No free market, no freedom, protection of individual rights necessary.
Again, let's be clear: this is ALL about the kind of "capitalists" who don't believe in competition. And I say fuck them, fuck their inherited money, fuck their privileged access to capital, fuck their anti-competetive practices, fuck their bribery of elected representatives, fuck their antipathy to free democratic discourse, and fuck the horse they rode in on.