Where are you now on Network Neutrality?

Where are you now on Network Neutrality?

And do you know how active, and pending, legislation, or its absence, will affect your life, your job or your business? Do you understand how your personal privacy will be affected by NN? We’ve tried to unravel it for years, and so here goes another attempt to report on which factions seems most invested, today, and which are most political.

Share your story on this revolution, please, to see if we can figure out what is going to end up raising the quality of life for all of us, and lifting our competitive advantage in the global battle to survive.

The image over on www.heartland.org –  whose “mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems,” of a wild, drunken man abusing his family- is an interesting touch, but I don’t know that Julious Genachowski deserves such alacrity. InfoTech & Telecom News’ managing editor, Mr. Bruce Edward Walker’s feelings for the former lobbyist, and Obama appointee, seem a tad scripted and over the top:

below here is the caption they have under this, however, we would have not framed JG the same way.  We see him as prime lobbyist material.  Yet we both identify as conservative.

“Still intoxicated by his expansion of the FCC’s regulatory and rulemaking powers in December—when he rammed net neutrality rules into place and forced outrageous concessions from Comcast and NBC Universal before granting his approval for their merger—FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski poured himself another shot of power-grab last week.”

Is there a hidden message behind all the alcohol references? I’m not sure the tenor from Mr. Baxter isn’t some inside joke, but the question on whether … or not, to maintain, or not, network neutrality (NN), “a prime promise from the presidents’ campaign rhetoric, and recent promises,” has become a political football for the last two administrations and is just gathering steam.

Baxter and company benefit further from the web of press releases which back each other up in a a tidy little tautological refrain as you see if you go to http://www.benzinga.com and read about

“There has been a bipartisan consensus in Congress for years to stop the FCC from micromanaging the Internet via a strict net neutrality regime, so it’s good to see our elected representatives finally take a stand. Of course, the FCC forced Congress’s hand after it ignored the landmark Comcast v. FCC ruling in April 2010 and plowed ahead with regulations anyway.

“Keeping government bureaucrats from playing ‘Mother, May I?’ with the digital economy is vital if America is going to pull out of its current state of stagnation. Only when the technology sector feels confident about a lack of future regulation will investment and innovation regain its former brisk pace.”

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NN these days is defined by which pool of campaign contributors you call a cohort? The big pot of money is on business, conservative big telecom, big brands and the cable industry. This particular group of them seems to be saying that Congress and the FCC has no business regulating communications, but corporations do have those rights? On the left wing, independent, born-again-progressive types, but large numbers of pesky Independents who tend to do a lot of blogging; universities and people who value long term outlooks on the community we are building.

Apparently, some conservatives believe the government should not be able to make rules or enforce competition, but that some businesses will be able to make the rules using the public’s air waves and networks. Others of us believe that the Constitution has a remedy for the way our liberty will prevail. The markets need to inform truthfully and attempt to get our entire audience involved.

On yet another side of the political spectrum, the independent who sees the power of the Internet the way it was in Egypt, and as it lights up all the skies of North Africa; and as it is reverberating in Burma and it Tibet and in nearly every corner of the world. The dreamers who actually believed that the Internet, and all its constituent communities, actually made enough of a difference, so as to free the people of Tunisia and Egypt and maybe Libya, or Syria, or Saudi Arabia next.

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Admittedly, those are not exactly two clearly defined groups. Baxter is following the right wing circle, elephants trotting in circles with their tails and trunks chained together. I’m not sure at all that his view is in tune with the conservative policies of a Roosevelt or a Lincoln. It doesn’t improve any conservative goals, though, and I think we know that the Internet improves with more competition and collaboration. I feel some on the right don’t have an appreciation as to how integral those two new concepts are to life in the 21st Century. More competition, not less. The consumer will continue to spend, if he and she trusts that we are managing their freedoms and privacy correctly. Quit giving it away to the guys who do the least, the guys handling the lines.

Who gets to build the toll booths on the Internet and who gets to manage the traffic?  Without such a big issue, this  access to the Internet question, we would never be able to estimate the next presidential campaign to cost $2,000,000,000.00.   The fact it is costing two billion dollars to elect someone that 75% of the people will probably dislike seems wasteful. But I’m an advertising guy, what do I know.  Besides, this has made me uncommonly thirsty today and I need a stiff one.

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