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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Another good reason to knee Ed Towns in the balls

He voted with House Republicans on the House Telecom Subcommittee against net neutrality. This may seem like an arcane point, but the internet is really all liberals now have to counter right-wing talk radio and Fox News. The internet's ability to help people organize is only just becoming evident, and that ability will be largely lost if the barriers to participation are raised. Look what could have happened and didn't with micropower radio.

Unfortunately, it is in nobody's interest in either party to see more citizens engaged and empowered in politics. So I don't imagine anyone will stand up for us. The only real hope is that companies like Google hate the idea of being charged by the page-load, and supposedly they're pushing for net neutrality. Steve Gilliard argues that in fact companies like Microsoft, IBM, and even Ford will get on board to fight this bill. But I'm not optimistic. Telecoms are very, very good at getting what they want out of DC.

(Earlier reasons to knee Ed Towns in the balls.)

Tags: Ed Towns, net neutrality, politics, New York

2 Comments:

  • At 12:24 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    I'm not terribly worried about this for two reasons.

    First of all, the internet is very important to my life, but it is the life of huge numbers of tech geeks. And those tech geeks are very, very smart. If it affects the freedom of their internet use, rest assured that they are on this in ways I could never imagine.

    Second, take this paragraph from your link:

    It is the millions of dull, everyday corporate e-mails which provide the bulk of the internet's traffic and drove the need for broadband. Not games, not blogs.

    Those costs are very significant, and they'll only become more significant as globalization proceeds. A lot of the efficiencies of the past ten years are due to the drastic, drastic reductions in the costs of information gathering and communications. The fast and cheap '00s wouldn't be as fast and cheap without net neutrality.

    If the geeks and corporate fatcats are on it, I'm happy to free ride on their efforts.

     
  • At 12:45 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I hope you and Gilliard are right. Ed Towns remains a twat.

     

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