People in favor of “Net Neutrality” for the Internet are afraid that Big Corporations will destroy the Internet as we know it so they want Big Government to control it. What these people never seem to understand is that Big Government and Big Corporatists wallow in the same mudhole together.
The FCC will kill the Internet. It will be regulated to death. Big Crony Corporate interests will kill the Internet. It will be manipulated to death. The only way to keep the Internet free is to free it from governments and government-created corporations, and the only way that can happen is to emancipate the Internet.
The companies that have invested their own money into the Internet should be free to control the Internet in the same way that the companies that build shopping malls should be free to control their malls. That makes the individual the ultimate controller. If a shopper doesn’t like a store the shopper goes to a different store, or a different mall, or no mall at all.
Stores and even whole malls go out of business. People who have lived in Ft. Worth, Texas for many years remember that the big expanse of concrete and weed-grown lots near Airport Freeway and Loop 820 used to be the vibrant North Hills Mall.
Some will argue that there aren’t multiple Internets to choose from as there are multiple malls to choose from. But is that right? As one geek forum posted on the overclock.net forum, “An internet [small i] is just a network of networks. The biggest one is called the Internet [capital I].” Another said, “Think of the Internet as the [hardware based] Framework on which all the other [software based] stuff is layered.” Like World Wide Webs 1 through 4 (or through 9?), like VPNs and deep webs and darknets and subnets and Silk Roads and other secret networks accessed by encryption protocols, invitations, licenses, etc.
Think of pirate radio stations and apply that concept to the Internet. Governments can barely stop Chinese hackers, Wikileaks, Anonymous now and can’t stop ID thieves at all. Put government and its goons in charge and the result will be a massive growth in a free undernet. Libertarians would call it the Freenet.
The Golden Rule of Bureaucracy is that all bureaucracies exist primarily to benefit the people who run them. Inexorably regulations breed more regulations. And further it invokes Reed’s Rule: Anything that becomes politicized ceases to be about that thing and becomes all about the politics. In short, self-serving politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists, not innovative new technological advances, will control the future of the Internet.
How is that “neutral?” Government-corporatist-bankster entwined cronyism is itself the biggest coercive monopoly. The only way the Internet can become neutral is to leave it alone to operate in the freest possible free marketplace untouched by government sanctioned monopolists who want only to expand their power and profits at your expense.
As David Veksler put it in his excellent liberty.me article: “The Internet is not public property. Telecommunications companies have spent billions of dollars on network infrastructure all over the world. They did so in the hope of selling communications services to customers willing to pay for them. The government has no right to effectively nationalize ISPs by telling them how to run their networks.”
The best news might be that it’s too late for the Net Neutrality government-lovers because the genie is almost certainly already out of the bottle. The more government tries to control it the more it will fight for its freedom.
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