Tag: Net neutrality
That's right, according to Ken Kookinelli, net neutrality - "a principle which advocates no restrictions by Internet service providers or governments on consumers' access to networks that participate in the internet" - is actually the "most egregious of all violations of federal law." Yes, and up is down, black is white, war is peace, etc. Completely bonkers, yes, but since when has that ever stopped "the Cucc?"
Here at Blue Virginia, Del. Adam Ebbin's weighed in, pointing out that, in reality, new net neutrality "guidelines would increase competition, prevent censorship and protect consumers." As for Ken Kookinelli? I couldn't agree more with Adam Ebbin on this one:
"[Cuccinelli's] extremist campaigns against clean air, against a woman's right to choose, against union workers and against net neutrality are not what the people of Virginia want or need from their Attorney General," Ebbin said. "Ken Cuccinelli doesn't understand that today's emerging businesses depend on an open and free Internet to allow them to innovate and grow. He's willing to risk our economic future to advance his partisan agenda."Ken Cuccinelli, the crazy, ignorant, intolerant face of the Virginia Republican Party. Any further questions? No? Good, then vote Democratic this November and let's make sure we don't lose the last check on this lunatic we've got -- the State Senate!
"Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to reregulate Internet lines to protect net neutrality, siding with consumer groups and Internet companies worried that Internet providers have too much power."
According to what I made of an article by Cecilia Kang in the 3 May Washington Post, we are probably on the verge of losing "net neutrality." (i.e., uncensored use of the Internet, everybody pays the same). She reports that Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, according to sources, has indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated. This is no doubt because of the April decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which said the FCC "exceeded its authority" when it sanctioned Comcast, and to which the Chairman is about to respond. The ruling brought into question the Commission's ability even to force Internet service providers to treat all services on the Web equally. It looks as though Genachowski will announce that "reclassifying" broadband to allow for more regulation would be "overly burdensome on carriers and would deter investment," and would undoubtedly lead to extended lawsuits every time he attempted to institute a broadband policy. Art Brodsky, spokesman for Public Knowlege, a media public interest group, said:
The telephone and cable companies will object to any path the chairman takes. He might as well take the one that best protects consumers and is most legally sound.