The Internet's Holiday Wish


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This article fails to make

Submitted by Brett Glass (not verified) on December 14, 2010 - 7:43pm.

This article fails to make the case that any regulation at all is needed. And no wonder -- there is no problem for "network neutrality" regulation to solve! The Internet has flourished for more than a quarter of a century without regulation, and shows no sign of needing any. But of course, the FCC -- which has conducted secret meetings in which it has twisted telecommunications carriers' arms -- would love to have power over the Net. Just as all governments would. How can they censor, and control the flow of information, and enact political agendas if they can't control the Net?

This article also fails to mention that most of the groups pushing for "network neutrality" regulation - including Public Knowledge, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, Save the Internet/Free Press, and, yes, the Future of Music Coalition - lobby for Google, which wants these rules because they would protect Google's monopolies. Google has been lavish with its lobbying money in DC - so lavish, in fact, that after it contributed nearly $1 million to Obama, Obama broke his pledge not to hire lobbyists and hired Andrew McLaughlin, Google's chief lobbyist, into a key position on the White House Staff. Hence the following Christmas parody - just in time for the FCC to put a lump of coal in every Net user's stocking by trying to regulate the Net when Congress (the people's representatives) are out of town and on the darkest day of the year:

You better not shout
You better not cry
You'd better not pout when he tries to spy
Google Claus is coming to town.

He's making a list
Of rules you must pass
And if you do not, you're out on your posterior
Google Claus is coming to town.

He sees your secret meetings
He's made it very clear
You'd better regulate the Net
Or no campaign bucks next year!

So, Julius, you know what you must do
Obama must hire his lobbyists too
Google Claus is coming to toooooown!

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