The following #Statist drek is making the rounds again… someone famous (so they must be oh-so-clueful) wants you to hurry-up-and-act because something terrible-is-happening-right-now-and-we’re-the-only-ones-who-can-stop-it and well, here it is in total (though I’m not direct-linking because it’s a total fabrication):
Justine Bateman (Verified account @JustineBateman )
THREAD: You are about to lose access to the Internet. Are you going to be able to handle that? Your entertainment, your banking, your socializing, your work, your everything is through the Internet. #NetNeutrality means each packet of info is treated “neutrally”; All packets are let through w/ the same treatment. This is about to end. FCC chair is removing that #NetNeutrality protection & the ISPs (your internet service providers) are abut to turn the Internet into Cable TV. Tiered pricing, limited access to premium sites, slow connections for those who won’t/can’t pay, lack of access to sites some ISP disagrees with, etc. You have a message you want to get out online? You have a site w/ a certain agenda? Maybe it will not be accessible anymore. Who knows. It doesn’t matter if we wildy disagree on issues. We will both be screwed of we don’t have #NetNeutrality. Get on the phones and call your reps. Tell them under no circumstances will you allow this. 1-844-872-0234. #NetNeutrality Call @AjitPaiFCC and tell him he has no right to touch #NetNeutrality. 1-888-225-5322.
#NetNeutrality is one of those words that labels a thing which is actually the opposite of what you get. The ploy is that there is a fear of ISPs (like Comcast) blocking or throttling services (like Netflix for instance) that they feel competes with their ability to be evil capitalists. The problem is 1) This has never happened (a solution in search of a problem) and 2) the Federal Government would GAIN OVERSIGHT – REGULATING CONTENT on the internet … because that’s a good thing, right?
Statist/Left-leaning publications are fans, but no legitimate trade rags are. Only people in favor of more government control want Net Neutrality. That would put us in a position like the Chinese (so much for the 1st Amendment).
The PRO people want you to believe that ‘AGAINSTS’ include only the ISPs. That is a lie.
Justine Bateman us, by the way, an actor. Not a professional truth-teller. And pretty easily swayed by her buddies. She wants you to go tell the government that you fear Comcast — and want more government instead. Like you did for your healthcare.
LINK: On Forbes.com, Josh Steimle outlines the three basic reasons (“I Want More Competition”, “I Want More Privacy”, and “I Want More Freedom”) people who generally hate President Donald Trump also LOVE Net Neutrality:
Am I The Only Techie Against Net Neutrality? (Forbes.com)
LINK: An article on BBC.com showing that ‘everyone’ is ‘for’ Net Neutrality (‘the science is settled!’) — except the evil cable companies, of course:
The coming battle over ‘net neutrality’ (BBC.com)
LINK: A surprising article explaining why this ignorance is pushing the OPPOSITE of what should be happening in the industry… from WIRED magazine itself, of all places:
What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality (Wired.com)
NO ‘Net-Neutrality’ for me, thank you. I have been fighting against this propaganda war for over a decade — a deliberate promotion of ignorance to gain mindshare.
Think of the person you know with the slowest, most unreliable connection to the internet. That’s the Lowest Common Denominator. Now apply the Left’s version of ‘equal access for all’ to access as a public service; people and organizations who want to, and are able to, pay a little more can’t get a faster pipe — which sounds great until now, all schools are limited to the speed the vendor provides to all schools… at the lowest rate that can be charged — to accomodate the poorest school. What will that do to the ISP’s interest in improving their network over the years?
And that’s not just Comcast and Ameritech. Your phone… 4G LTE would not exist had this been the philosophy that drove the industry over the last 10 years. Because if not everybody can afford it, it would be #unfair to provide it to customers who can… and CHOOSE to.
Ten years ago, there wasn’t an ObamaCare to compare Net Neutrality to — so we couldn’t say “Net Neutrality is ObamaCare for the Internet”. Now we can.
LINK: Am I The Only Techie Against Net Neutrality? (forbes.com)
LINK: The FCC’s net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know (pcworld.com)
LINK: Net Neutrality—and Obama’s Scheme for the Internet—Are Lousy Ideas (reason.com)
LINK: Making the Internet a utility—what’s the worst that could happen? (arstechnica.com)
LINK: Net Neutrality Is Government Censorship (nationalreview.com)
LINK: 5 Arguments Against Net Neutrality (mashable.com)
LINK: Net Neutrality and the Rule of Law (fed-soc.org)
LINK: Net Neutrality Nixed: Why John Oliver Is Wrong (reason.com)
LINK: The Case Against Net Neutrality (thebalance.com)
LINK: Why Business Should Oppose Net Neutrality (hbr.org)
LINK: Worried about Net neutrality? Maybe it’s the FCC that should really concern you (cnet.com)
LINK: Net Neutrality Rules: Still a Threat to Internet Freedom (heritage.org)
LINK: The Inconvenient Truth Behind The Net Neutrality Movement (zerohedge.com)
LINK: Net Neutrality: Toward a Stupid Internet (theobjectivestandard.com)
LINK: Net Neutrality: Trump’s Next Big Target (americanthinker.com)
LINK: Net Neutrality? There’s No Such Thing. (nationalinterest.org)
LINK: A Third Way on Network Neutrality (thenewatlantis.com)
LINK: The Future of ‘Fair and Balanced’: The Fairness Doctrine, Net Neutrality, and the Internet (scholarship.law.duke.edu)
LINK: The Role of Innovation and Wealth in the Net Neutrality Debate: A Content Analysis of Human Values in Congressional and FCC Hearings (terpconnect.umd.edu)