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The concept of “Net Neutrality” lies at the heart of the Federal Communication Commission’s ongoing efforts to regulate Internet access. To its opponents, Net Neutrality is an Orwellian euphemism for regulatory overreach, couched in appealing language about “the freedom of the Internet.”

At issue is the limited bandwidth available for accessing web sites. More bandwidth means faster access, but Internet speed is a commodity—there’s only so much of it available to go around. The amount of available bandwidth has increased exponentially over the past 20 years, to the point where today’s cell phones are loading Web pages faster than yesterday’s computers. But yesterday’s computers were mostly shuffling simple pages of text with a few small images, not gigabytes of online gaming, music and video. Demand kept pace with supply as the power of the Internet grew. Big Government is, once again, promising to overrule the laws of supply and demand.

Net Neutrality covers a range of regulatory proposals designed to force Internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all web traffic as equal, instead of selling precious bandwidth at varying price and performance levels. The key word is “force.” Massive new regulatory powers would be needed to impose Net Neutrality on companies that currently labor under the delusion that they own the infrastructure they have created, and can therefore rent it out as they see fit.

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  1. cfm990

    April 28th, 2012

    And should Comcast, Knology, et al fail? I guess Unca Sugar will own the interwebs.

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  2. The Doktor

    April 29th, 2012

    FTA: “Massive new regulatory powers would be needed to impose Net Neutrality on companies that currently labor under the delusion that they own the infrastructure they have created, and can therefore rent it out as they see fit.”

    THIS is the intrusion of Leftist government, Governments should STAY OUT of having anything to do with the structure and business of web providers and their bandwidth users.

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  3. Snowball the Sourpuss

    April 29th, 2012

    Fairness Doctrine for the internet?

    Those frickin progs just keep pushing and pushing. They wrap it in a new package, but inside it’s still the same ol’ stinkin pile of shit designed for one thing, and one thing only. To take away our freedom.

    Period.

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  4. Snowball the Sourpuss

    April 29th, 2012

    (damn, doktor, you following me around? lol)

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  5. The Doktor

    April 29th, 2012

    Um – you followed me?

    ;-)

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