Today is the last day the FCC will allow you to express your opinion on so-called “net neutrality.” You can go to the FCC website here.
A nice phrase, except that “net neutrality” isn’t. Neutral, that is.
It is a ways and a means for the government to control and regulate something that doesn’t require controlling and regulating — all it requires is what it currently has: a free market.
When “net neutrality” exists, two things primarily occur: 1) rates go up and 2) innovation plummets.
The bulk of Western Europe has a version of NN and those precise things have occurred: rate hikes and a lack of entrepreneurship and cutting-edge technology. Not to mention general overall lower internet connectivity speeds.
For the obvious reason that, in order to get anything accomplished, a new idea or upgrade has to be proposed to an entirely new and large bureaucracy that will do its best to sit on and table said idea or upgrade, simply to exhibit its power and “prove” its worth.
Public utilities are regulated because everyone needs water and power. Those things aren’t merely “suggestions.” They are mandatory for survival. The internet, however, is not “mandatory” for survival. It’s a “nice” thing to have but you won’t die due to its removal from your life.
So-called “net neutrality” is a specious solution for a problem that doesn’t even exist. It gets our government into an area where it doesn’t belong. And I go back to some of my foundational Libertarian bents here, which occasionally get the best of me:
When the government, any government, intrudes into the primary source of communications today — the internet — it can shut you down when you proffer speech that IT doesn’t care for. Which is what Socialist and Communist countries do, and nations run by dictators.
Signing off on “net neutrality” will not only allow the government to have its hands upon the spigot, but will allow it to silence you and potentially prosecute you as well. For speech that it does not approve — on the Left or on the Right.
Leftists in the government are already working to revamp the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights but, specifically, the First and Second Amendments. Facts in evidence.
Note to self: continue to look around.
What does Free Speech protect? It assures the worst of speech; it assures the most challenging of speech. It does not exist for milktoast speech. It embraces truth and emotion and change and shocking speech. Sometimes older speech can be the most shocking, the most challenging, and the most warranted.