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The Right's war on Net Neutrality

Dec 29, 2010, 15:02 (23 Talkback[s])
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"No one, other than the big telcos, seems to be particularly happy with the FCC's Net Neutrality rules, as Chris documented earlier. But it's important to be clear about what it is exactly the Right is doing on this one. It's death panels all over again.

"Kevin Drum writes about an e-mail conversation he had with a "conservative reader who is absolutely convinced that this is an effort by Democrats to rid the internet of conservative voices."

"[T]his is nuts. The whole point of net neutrality is just the opposite: it would continue to allow internet providers to discriminate on the basis of volume but not on content. So if you're a heavy internet user and have a lot of bits streaming through your pipe, they can charge you more. But that's it. They can't charge either content providers or you based on what you say or who you are. It's hard to think of anything that should assuage conservative concerns more. And yet, somehow this has become the latest grand conspiracy theory. It's craziness."

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