Trifecta: Bill, Scott and I take on Net Neutrality, and “bureaucratic lawlessness” at the FCC.
The problem in the debate is that there are two, separate “Net Neutrality” arguments that are endlessly confused and conflated:
1) ISPs abusing their government-granted regional monopolies by scanning and altering data as it’s being passed over their networks: tracking their customer’s activity, inserting ads into web pages, injecting connection reset packets to drop connections they don’t like, etc. US and European ISPs have been caught doing all of the above. Because telecom and cable are government-granted monopolies, there is no free market and there’s an argument to be made for preventing them from engaging in this behavior (personally, I would favor abolishing the forced monopolies).
2) Regulating content and speech on the Internet, as the FCC does with stuff going over the public airwaves, the FTC and FDA do with trade and health information, and the FEC does with political speech. Anyone who doesn’t support totalitarianism should be deeply and firmly against this behavior.
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