Ask a Ninja About Net Neutrality
by Bruce Stewart
|It get worse. The telecoms have created an astroturfing organization called Hands Off the Internet, complete with a childish flash video explaining the dangers of net neutrality: http://www.dontregulate.org/|
Ninja is funny, yes. But too one-sided. It's a much more nuanced debate than he makes it out to be, and that's disappointing. I'd rather see this kind of humor used to explain the whole thing and poke fun at both sides. Especially considering this is Content Providers vs. the Pipe Owners, i.e. Big Business vs. Big Business. I might even go so far as to call it a disservice, because the SaveTheInternet folks paint this as Big Business vs. The Little Guy, and that just isn't the case.
|It certainly is big business vs the little guy, aka the american public. If net neutrality is repealed, then small blogs and websites run by people who can't afford to pay companies like comcast or AT&T will be shoved off, and so only big corporate sites that have the money to pay will have easy access to the general public. In my view, this is a direct assault on free speech. It limits the accessibility of the internet as a way to get your voice heard by giving great preference to the big established websites and companies already here.|