The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Net Neutrality IS NOT a Neutral Net

There are many good ideas that are being brought forth here. Though I have my doubts as to the willingness of FCC officials to actually listen to a customer that they don't have to listen to. Who hires and runs the FCC? Who appoints FCC officials? What stake do they have in making and administering rules that govern communication and/or private sector businesses that provide communications tools? They do their master's bidding.

 

These are very simple yet pertinent questions that we should all be asking ourselves. A recent court decision has aptly pointed out that the FCC has overstepped its authority and that it had no basis in law to support its regulation of a private sector business. That's an oversimplification, but you get my point. Those who support Net Neutrality, i.e., like the folks at Free Press, will now push for legislation that gives the FCC this authority, whether we the people like it or not. Why is this so important to them?

 

Could it be that it's about control? Much like the very similar Fairness Doctrine? He who holds the keys can control the message? No matter who holds the keys? This is a very dangerous precedent that we the people should not support in any way, shape, or form. Where is the outcry about such pieces of legislation like the Patriot Act? Now that the shoe is on the other foot, does nobody fear that just the opposite could come true via the same piece of legislation?

 

Any law that is passed should only do one thing. Protect the American people from unscrupulous behavior inside the box. It does not mean, however, that the government owns the box that it is protecting. For the most part we don't need regulation or protection. We just need the means to deal with those who decide to behave badly. Net Neutrality does not do this. What Net Neutrality does is categorically allow the FCC (a.k.a., The Government) to control every aspect of what is now a relatively free expression and use of our 1st Amendment Rights.

 

The fact is that I buy my computer, modem, and internet access to allow me to connect to whichever business or source of information I care to. The government already taxes my ability to do this. What right does it have to further control what I say or what I do with the resources or services that I pay for out of my own pocket? Please do not place limits on free speech. Do not listen to the lies of the likes of groups like Free Press, who clearly and publicly have stated their aims which are in direct contradiction to the principles that this country was founded on. We have the right to life, liberty and happiness. Nowhere at all did it ever say chains.

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