Saturday, July 5, 2008

"Net Neutrality" Sounds Good, but Take a Look at the Bill

There's legislation going through the House and the Senate in America that could affect which Internet Service Providers Americans are allowed to use, and possibly what information we see.

The "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008" is being very effectively marketed as an effort by Congress to save us from 'Big Phone' and protect the Little Guy.

I think it's quite likely that the authors and proponents of these bills mean well.

However, I have no great desire for Washington to protect me from having to make my own choices. Which seems to be what this pair of bills boils down to.

I wrote quite a bit more about this, in "Net Neutrality, Google, Washington, DC, and Choice " Apathetic Lemming of the North (July 5, 2008).

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.