March for the free internet?
Posted in the Mason Forum
Since: May 14
#1 May 14, 2014
A number of legislative efforts in recent weeks have accomplished what was once thought inconceivable: systematic encroachment on the shape and form of the internet. In Minnesota, a bill enabling the government to deactivate cell phones at will was just signed into law. Such laws exist already in California, and are planned for all states across the USA.
I had thought the Net Neutrality debate, which has mostly been a tug of war between conglomerates like Google, Netflix, Amazon, and the dominant broadband ISPs, was something that didn't concern me. After all, DSL just requires a phone line, which all people in America have at least some access to, and can be fast enough to support the greater broadband internet. And anyone can start their own DSL business with just a server, a transmitter, and a highspeed internet link. Then out of curiousity, I googled the matter and discovered that the FCC, under Bush, had eliminated reseller access to telephone lines as of 2005, meaning that a few companies now have exclusive control over the entire broadband internet. If those companies should market their customers' ability to transmit data to and from specific websites, it would be terminal to innovation across the entire broadband internet, and, over the long term, destructive to the economy.
Yet the telephone/cable firms are arguing just the opposite: they say their strategy of creating cost-prohibitive entrepreneurial conditions on the web will spur innovation. They offer no evidence for this belief, insisting it's "self-evident". Can they be that "stupid"? No, this is only their expression of cleverness and business "savvy". To them, dishonesty is just another part of doing business.
In Europe, the EU is forcing Google to accept takedown orders of its search results. No longer are non-secure internet documents public domain... the morally impaired can lie, cheat, and steal, and then demand that the evidence of their past deeds be eliminated entirely.
Given the inherent risks to liberty inherent in these rules, what could their purpose be? I can only conclude that the governments of the world are united in corruption by equally corrupt multinational corporations, and that they are moving to formally deny us freedom simply to prove their power. If this is indeed so, we have little choice but to prove their powerlessness by engaging in systemic defiance. We must take to the streets and to the party meeting chambers and punish all whom have collaborated to deny us our freedom.
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