Okay, this is kind of inside-ball (but now that the season’s begun and the Rockies are undefeated!*, I’ll go there), but it’s incredibly important:
Net neutrality, as it’s called, is the death-knell for a free and uncensored Internet. In short, it’s an end-run to regulate the entire medium, and it took a good blow today when a 3-judge panel bitch-slapped the FCC, determining it did not have the authority to boss ISPs around.
As we see governments around the US (such as my formerly-feedom-loving Centennial State) enacting tax laws and other onerous regulations at the expense of our right to free and open access to information and communication, the Orwellian-named concept of Net neutrality is not going to die an easy death.
In fact, the panel’s reasoning was that, since Congress hadn’t passed a law yet giving the FCC the authority to issue such regulations, expect a new push in that oh-so-representative body to take up the issue. You know, they’ve been so loath historically to over-regulate us, right?
Given the lengths to which the Obama Administration and Pelosi/Reid Congress will go to in order to push for their utopian Soviet-style vision for America, don’t be surprised if they make an attempt to sneak through this liberty-crushing measure under the radar. The innocuous-sounding label of “Net neutrality” is likely to assist in that usurpation. It’s a highly-technical issue, and one in which most Americans won’t be very deeply engaged. But this is the way the Net ends, not with a bang.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)
*UPDATE: Giambi was unable to save the day, so Rox lose to the Brewers, dropping their record to .500, which is, by the way, still pretty good for this early in the season.