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October 7, 2009

Free Press and Net Neutrality

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 5:27 pm
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Wow all my years on the internet and I just heard about this group today while watching Glenn Beck.  Generally when he goes on about something that I have never heard of, or something that sounds little ‘crazy’ I tend to look it up.  Usually he is on the money but this time I think he let one issue, lead into another and taint it.  Let me explain.  He was talking about Mark Lloyd and Robert McChesney and their love affair with Hugo Chavez and Marxism.  He was discussing the threat on free speech from them.  He also mentioned Free Press because McChesney is on their board, and he had a guest that mentioned that net neutrality was some sort of socialist scam.  Well, I have read their site, and I know that usually isn’t all that indicative, especially if a group wants to hide their true intentions.  Not like they are going to post it for everyone to see.  From the explanation on their site net neutrality seems like a good idea, and it seems like something that should be protected.  That’s not to say my skeptical mind won’t continue to do some research, but as far as I can tell they were unfairly labelled by Beck’s guest.

Aha, when researching the topic while I was writing this I found what might be considered by some to be the socialism in net neutrality.

“The first issue is the Internet. The battle for network neutrality is to prevent the Internet from being privatized by telephone and cable companies. Privatization would give them control over the Internet, would allow these firms to privilege some information flows over others. We want to keep the Internet open. What we want to have in the U.S. and in every society is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility. We want an Internet where you don’t have to have a password and that you don’t pay a penny to use. It is your right to use the Internet. The benefits of a public Internet are numerous. It would end the digital divide, which remains a very serious problem in the U.S. and worldwide.”  -Robert McChesney

Ok, first of all the internet is not a ‘right’ it is a service.  Same reason we pay for running water, cable TV, phone service, electricity and so on.  Having the internet requires a whole slew of equipment, and personnel to run, and it isn’t free.  While I agree that the companies that offer it should not be regulating traffic, or what sites are available, or how fast one site loads over another, I do not agree that we need another handout.  In everything we have, whenever it is given to us, instead of paid for, basically what we get is everyone having a whole lot of mediocrity.  The reason the internet keeps getting faster, and more powerful, and more widespread is because it is a business, and improving it means people will make money.  Take out that factor and where is the incentive to improve?  All you have to do is compare the cars built in capitalist countries like the U.S. or Japan to cars built in non-capitalist countries like Russia to see that if you take away the monetary incentive you are left with a product that no one wants even if it is extremely cheap or even free.  At least for something like Universal Health Care you have the argument that people will still do it out of the goodness of their heart, but for the internet, why would anyone care to develop new technology?

The words of Robert McChesney may not reflect what Free Press feels about net neutrality, because I could not find it anywhere on their site.  Granted I didn’t look at the whole thing, but I did read the page about what it is, and the FAQs about it.  With more research maybe I can pare out the difference between what their site says and what one of their board members seems to believe.




    Comment by BObama — October 14, 2009 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  2. I like to encourage intellectual debate here so please feel free to elaborate.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — October 14, 2009 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

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