Net Neutrality needs to be “unmasked” so to speak.
The government wants it. Progressives want it. High bandwidth-consuming companies want it.
The story goes:
[insert giant ISP here] is the great evil of big business wielding its power against free speech. Only the humble government can ride in on its white steed of Justice to protect the poor children from being exploited by the greedy capitalists.
The concept of “Net Neutrality” sounds noble and fair. All traffic gets treated equally. What would be the problem with that?
Even those espousing the freedom position can get caught up in this Orwellian newspeak.
The reality is though, that boot would only smash the snake…not the Net Neutrality part.
But, it’s a warm and fuzzy boot and it matters not if the boot of government is from the Left or the Right, it is ALWAYS squashing the free and open internet.
Net Neutrality = Cronyism
Net Neutrality is a nice sounding term for government control. Net Neutrality is a trojan horse. It does not equal freedom.
What if you as a consumer or provider would like the opportunity to choose to pay more for better service?
Net Neutrality tries to remove the pricing system from the equation. All traffic is equal.
You can’t pay for higher speed.
You jam everybody through the same pipe. And what happens when you try to jam more stuff down a decaying pipe with no incentive for technological innovation and improvement?
You get government roads:
You get government schools:
You get the government post office:
If only “Net Neutrality” meant “Free from government control”
If they meant “neutral” as in how the Swiss mean it…not picking sides; then I could get onboard. But no, “neutral” in this sense means….grab all the power. All the “hand”.
It is an intentionally obfuscating term that couches the evils within it with warm fuzzies, pictures of puppies and rainbow-pooping unicorns.
It would be more aptly “Net Atrophy”.
In contrast, the internet should be more so of the following terms:
“Spontaneous”, “Unencumbered”, “Dynamic”, “Competitive”, “Unfettered”, “Unshackled”, “Emancipated”?
Not sure I’m happy with any of these….but perhaps a start to spark the right word.
Steven Crowder with a fairly decent explanation:
One final note on this:
All of the fear-mongering in support of Net Neutrality about censorship, throttling data, big business charging higher rates, etc… IS ONLY MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTING COMPETITION.
In a freely competitive marketplace, it would be company suicide to use such tactics if a consumer had a choice to go elsewhere and anybody with a better mousetrap was able to offer it.
These people are supporting more government control to try to solve a problem of government control.
“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” – George Carlin
For further reading:
Rothbard on the Radio Act and the FCC starts at 36:10 of this video:
For the history you didn’t learn in school, check out Liberty Classroom: