Tech at Night: Kill the bad bills and regs: SOPA, Net Neutrality, “Anti-trust” favoritism
There’s been a push lately to attack punitive, unfair taxes on wireless service, one that Erick Erickson signed onto, and was advertised at RedState. Ironically I only found out about it because I saw the ads while working on the code side of the site, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Anyway, that movement seems to have gotten a win, as the House passed the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, a 5 year freeze on new wireless taxes. Sounds good to me.
SOPA, the House answer to the Senate’s PROTECT IP, isn’t dead yet, unfortunately. This attempt to have the US government censor the Internet, and in fact forcibly steal domains from people, and cut off Americans from the rest of the world online, incredibly is being considered by House Republicans. Copyright apparently is sufficient justification for government of unlimited size. Kill the bill.
And what’s worse is that Republicans are being dragged along as dupes to help Democrats continue to justify huge Hollywood fundraisers by smacking the Internet around to favor the movie industry. Which is probably why the MPAA is trying to stifle criticism of the bill. Kill the bill.
Kill Net Neutrality too, no matter what John Forbes Kerry thinks. I want a market where people can pay for what level of service they want for wired Internet, not just wireless.
Kill the efforts to have government dictate to T-Mobile shareholders which US firms they can and can’t sell to, while we’re at it. AT&T is still trying, banging its head against the wall of the coordinated efforts of Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Sprint Nextel, and George Soros-funded groups like Public Knowledge.
Oh yes, and kill 4G overload problems by getting us more spectrum.