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Net Neutrality: guide to getting it

Posted on the May 5th, 2008

The blog post is aptly titled “Why The ‘Right’ Gets Net Neutrality Wrong,” and it reviews this individual freedom issue both from an historical perspective and as it is today (Art Brodsky, May 2, 2008, Public Knowledge).

The info couldn’t be more timely. Tomorrow, a House subcommittee is scheduled to begin a hearing on Net Neutrality legislation.

An excerpt from Brodsky’s blog:

Perhaps the worst argument from conservatives about Net Neutrality is that “pervasive regulation,” as former FCC Commissioner Rachelle Chong called it, would somehow be such a burden to the poor, deprived telephone and cable companies that their incentives to invest and to innovate would just dry up. Opponents of an open Internet conjure up images of parents unable to protect their children, of government setting up business models, of companies unable to manage their networks.

Those tired-winged canards don’t quack here. Net Neutrality is neither pervasive nor burdensome. It allows for innovation and investment. It allows for telephone companies to sell different levels of service to different customers. Parents can still protect their children. What it doesn’t allow is discrimination. That’s why Michele Combs from the Christian Coalition supports an open Internet, and she is brave and correct to do so in the face of uninformed criticism of her fellow “conservatives.”

Read more here.

(I found the link to the article on The Huffington Post)

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