Jackboots always come in matched pairs, a left boot and a right boot.
We have a perfect example of the "government progression" right now. The Big Exec pay limiting going on. First it's we are going to limit the pay of the bail out companies. Everyone (mostly) rallies around this idea because either they are "Fat Cats" that caused this mess, They are rich so the Libs hate them ( this means joke okay don't attack me..) or they were stupid to take the money and it serves them right. Then almost immediately they progress to "We need to look at limiting the pay for all institutions that could affect the economy".
Now, GOVCO currently claims "Net Neutrality" as providing an equal playing field.
How long before a tax has to be levied to provide for the staff to maintain this "level playing field"?
Then how are they going to enforce this "level playing field"? Surely monitoring will be needed, just to make sure everyone is complying.
Then how long before it's determined that the downloading of illegal music really uses up too much bandwidth for illicit purposes so any file with the MP3 extension (or equivalent) has to be blocked? Except from "approved" sources like big corporate I-Tunes, M$, Wally World. I mean it's just to protect the law abiding citizen you know.
Then how long till we need a whole new Cabinet and law enforcement division to deal with these things? (With the associated tax of course)
Nah. I don't like it one bit.
Last edited by Phoenix; 10-24-09 at 12:09 AM.
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The internet was created on a level playing field. That is the point of the internet, you have the same bandwidth and tools as the big guys to say what you want, when you want it. Net Neutrality is just protecting that freedom, it's protecting the ideals of the internet.
This is the good kind of regulation. The regulation to ensure our freedoms, and the ideals that the internet stands for.
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” - George W. Bush
This is an except from the act that created the F.C.C.COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934
TITLE I--GENERAL PROVISIONS
SEC. 1. [47 U.S.C. 151] PURPOSES OF ACT, CREATION OF FEDERAL
For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, a rapid, efficient, Nationwide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges,....................
So very similar to the type of thing they are pushing for the Internet.
Who wants the net to become regulated in the manner of T.V. and Radio?
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Kinda ironic that a man with next to non computer skills introduces a bill on it.. not to mention one that has received tons of money from the telecommunications industry who are against any melding in their monopolistic market. Yet again we have a Republican putting forward legislation to defend bad practices in an industry that are hurting the consumer.... ahh the irony.
Well - instead of them passing Net Neutrality which isn't *just* to *help the people out* perhaps they should consider regulating what the industry can and cannot do - on our behalf.
They should do this more often then they seem to favor passing bills and amendments.
This is the thing about legislation:
If it can be passed then anything can be added to it.
If an added on *thing* is not germane (realted to the purpose of the bill) then it is called a rider.
If a bill has a lot of riders then it is often called a "Christmass Tree."
If a bill has a lot of constituent-pleasers then those things are called "pork" and the bill is considered "pork barreling"
In the case of net neutrality the true "issue" at the center is no big deal: companies are affecting our use of their service because of their solicited bias from others.
This in itself is not what most people have issues with - it's the other junk that is already in the bill or might get put into the bill.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK