Not long ago, I posted that the Net Neutrality passed out of committeee and headed for a full senate vote. Over time, the big-boy orporations have been less than honest in their projection of why they should be able to control the internet, using language that suggests they would not really be regulating the internet for the average person.
If the big-boy internet companies really did not want the internet regulated, why the hell have they launched such an agressive call to action? There has been no shortage of excellent editorials over the past month or so, detailing the hypocricy of the big-boy companies. From the latest editorial, found in todays WaPo, I find this paragraph to be quite significant.
The smell of windfall profits is in the air in Washington. The phone companies are pulling out all the stops to legislate themselves monopoly power. They're spending tens of millions of dollars on inside-the-Beltway print, radio and TV ads; high-priced lobbyists; coin-operated think tanks; and sham "Astroturf" groups -- fake grass-roots operations with such Orwellian names as Hands Off the Internet and NetCompetition.org.
What we need to know, and what each and every one of us needs to tell our senators, is that the net needs to be unhindered by the phone and cable companies. Net Neutrality strives to keep the internet free for everyone. You'll note I've (finally) added a Save the Net link for your convenience to the left of this column. Please click on it, please add your voice to preserve the net.