Friday, February 27, 2015
Net Neutrality: Just drink the Kool-Aid now - It'll save on bullets
Under the guise of saying it would prevent Comcast and Verizon from giving more bandwidth to "fatcats" and leaving us plebes with baud-rate speeds, the FCC passed it's open Internet rules, classifying the net as a utility.
Anyone who doesn't realize where all the bandwidth will go should just drink the Kool-Aid immediately.
It'll save on bullets.
Proponents of Net Neutrality say the telecoms have too much power. Many agree that monopolies are bad and competition is good. But if monopolies are bad, why should we trust the U.S. government, the largest, most powerful monopoly in the world?
We’re talking about the same organization that spent an amount equal to Facebook’s first six years of operating costs to build Obamacare websites that don’t work, the same organization that can’t keep the country’s bridges from falling down and potholes from breeding like rats in the night..
Think of anything huge with major problems. Public schools? Obamcare? Illegal immigration? ISIS? IRS? Banking, physical infrastructure, the military, the police, the post office, et al, ad nauseam? What do all these have in common? They are all heavily regulated or controlled by the government. On the other hand, where deregulation has occurred, innovation has bloomed, such as with telephony services. Do you think we’d all be walking around with smartphones today if the government still ran the phone system?
Free speech cannot exist without privacy, and the U.S. government has been shown to be unworthy of guarding the privacy of its citizens. Is this the organization we trust to take even more control of the Internet? Should we believe that under Net Neutrality the government will trust the telecoms to police themselves? The government will need to know if the telecoms are treating data as they should. Don’t be surprised if the government installs its own hardware and software at critical points to monitor Internet traffic. Once installed, can we trust this corrupt and bumbling idiocracy to use that access in a benign manner?
Many of our naive countrymen see government as benevolent and all-knowing with the best interests of you and me at heart. However, even the Founding Fathers feared that government could become a dangerous tyrant, influenced by large corporate interests, seeking to control everyone and everything. We have seen the enemy, and it is us.
If anyone believed the U.S. government was omniscient, had only good intentions, and that those intentions would never change, they would be in favor of Net Neutrality. Simply put, the ponderously plodding and increasingly disconnected, U.S. government cannot be trusted. Any increase in regulation, however well-intentioned, however beneficial today, will lead to less freedom in the long term.
The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.