The FCC, having lost to Comcast in court, seemed on the verge of giving up. However, a new proposal is on the table of how net neutrality could be leveraged and put in place. This has struck anew the fires of pure inane comments, ridiculous talking points and pure and utter bollocks retching from the mouths of individuals who think a TCP/IP stack is a librul way to organize your books.
There are few things more frustrating than ignorant individuals spouting off talking points – grossly wrong talking points on a topic that is rooted strongly in fact and logic. Where there might be leeway in debating how governments might most efficiently run and serve its people, there’s no wiggle room in debating how the internet works unless you’re actually debating the engineering standards.
That’s clearly not what is going on in newspapers, blogs, and talk shows around the country. People aren’t debating what internet protocols might create the most efficient and robust delivery systems. They are vomiting forth scripted talking points like:
So much for laying down billions to build a network so freeloaders can abuse it. 80% of the network is used by 20% of the content…is that fair?
Why should comcast or anyoe else have to subsidize freeloaders?
Wow. The dictatorial, managerial, administrative state in the world of Obama! The EPA, FCC, 26 Czars, and an out-of-control Congress answer only to themselves.
Obama wants “absolute power.” There is nothing he won’t take control of if he gets a chance.
I don;t trust anything the current regime tries. There is always some hidden agenda that ends in “transforming Amerika” and “Spreading the wealth around”. These people want total control over our lives. These Marxist have to be stopped!
Should I let the Gub’mint regulate the internet so my neighbor can download porn 24/7 with no delay ?
the free market is doing what the FCC can only dream of doing, providing choice and service to customers. Of course the government via the FCC can screw up this free market like it’s done to countless other free markets
This “net neutrality” will be coupled with the so-called ‘fairness doctrine’ as an attempt by the statists to stifle free speech.
Where do these inane ideas comes from? Straight from the mouths of Rush, Beck, Hannity, and scores of talk shows with political agendas that know jack shit about how the internet works. Their goal is to smear their political opponents anyway they can. If that means completely brain-washing their audiences on a topic – well you can see they have no qualms. It’s quite sad, really.
First, Net Neutrality has nothing to do with pricing. It doesn’t want to dictate what prices or tiered pricing structures ISPs want to offer. It doesn’t care what bandwidth cap limits will, could, or would be imposed. It could care less about what information is being transmitted.
The long view is that Net Neutrality doesn’t want ISPs throttling packets based on where they come from or what content they contain – most especially if said ISP is both a content producer and transport provider.
Whether the FCC is the best arbitrator for this is still up for rational debate. They very well may not be the best for what needs to be done.
The problem lays in that there is no free market. There is no competition. ISPs have total control – and this is where the wharblegarbl falls apart. The spittle-flecked paranoia that a gubment power grab is underway stems from the ill-reasoned fact that these corporations, based in a competative free market, will regulate themselves.
This reality does not exist.
Looking at the comments posed against net neutrality I can only conclude that the individuals who crafted these responses do not live in our reality either.