FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Tech at Night: Free Speech, Free Press, Net Neutrality, Louise Slaughter
Good evening. The Communication Workers of America are making a cowardly little statement in favor of Net Neutrality, as they simply must be team players even though they know the radical left’s agenda threatens to kill their own jobs, but for the most part the left still wants to move on from Net Neutrality. There are good reasons for that.
First, one of our predictions from before is already coming true. They’re coming after content, already. Louise Slaughter is pressing the FCC to institute a sweeping campaign of censorship online. Free Press is on the case, too. Speech that regulators disfavor must be “curbed,” she thinks. Remember when we were assured that the FCC should show “forbearance,” and that the FCC’s Net Neutrality power grab wasn’t a free speech issue at all, but just a network management issue? Of course. Of course.
Secondly, the case continues to grow for technological and market forces protecting customers better than the FCC ever could. Next year, worldwide, one billion people are projected to use wireless, high-speed Internet access. One billion people next year, and 3.8 billion by 2015. That’s how ready we are. After all, Verizon is already serving high-speed LTE access to users, and Sprint/Clearwire/Time Warner are serving WiMAX right now, today.
That’s competition. That’s choice offered to people like never before under the old local government-mandated duopoly of Cable and DSL access. That’s innovation that we need government to keep off of in order to keep change and improvement going forward.
One final note. For all the gnashing of teeth about William Daley, Sunlight was awfully quiet about Andrew McLaughlin. Funny that. Why is a former Google leader okay, but a former AT&T leader troubling, if not for a plain old political bias on Sunlight’s part?