Fast Lane: Killing What’s Left Of The Internet Is The Right Thing To Do

What the NSA couldn’t do the FCC will,

Given that the FCC is usually run by past or future lobbyists and executives for the industry they’re supposedly “regulating”, like most American regulators, it’s no surprise that it usually does what’s best for the country’s big ISPs at the expense of the citizens.

Whoa! I may be writing the last post again!

Everyone in this discussion has been led, most likely by talking-points marketing by the FCC and ISPs, to describe the destruction of net neutrality as allowing ISPs to “create fast lanes”.

This language was carefully constructed to sound like a positive, additive move: It’s building, not destroying or restricting. They want to offer faster service, not reduce the speed or priority of all existing traffic. Who could possibly be against that? They’re building fast lanes, like a highway! Everyone loves fast lanes! U-S-A! U-S-A!

I can’t imagine why the U!S!A! has the crappiest high-speed internet in the world, but it sure isn’t deregulated free enterprise. That thought would be sacrilegious.

There must be something inherent in capitalism that just has to kill the gooses that lay the golden eggs, because you know this sort of deviancy always rears its head, and the purist always call it the second coming of the lord, while Very Serious People pull their beards and hum and ahem at the faaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrr leeeeffffffffft.

I swear, sometimes I think I live in the stupidest nation on Earth. Then other times, like this, I know I do.

Someone at Verizon is wearing a party hat and celebrating this week, as the telecom titan convinced the state of New Jersey to let it wriggle out of a decades-old obligation to provide broadband throughout the entire Garden State, because apparently 4G wireless broadband is the same as a to-the-home wired connection, and broadband competition is completely unnecessary.

As we mentioned last week, back in 1993, Verizon (then New Jersey Bell) made a deal with the state that lifted some regulations on the industry in exchange for a promise that the company would provide access to high-speed Internet service to 100% of New Jersey residents by 2010.

There’s more.

Completely unrelated, I’ve seen a couple of links to Anonymous’ Airchat radio today, but I’m looking for the one I saw yesterday.


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