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Free and open access to the Internet helped the technology grow and thrive. The political fight to maintain robust access for all has picked up strength in Washington, D.C. That is good news for consumers.
The shorthand for the field of battle is net neutrality. Proponents argue that a network provider should not restrict users for reasons against their interests, such as to deny them the right to use certain services because those services are owned by somebody else.
An early pitched battle defeated legislation that would have allowed Internet access providers to charge customers variable rates by speed of service. The stakes for consumers were bluntly defined.
Democrats control the gavels in key committees. The president's nominee to lead the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, is an unequivocal proponent of net neutrality, as is the new head of the Federal Trade Commission, Jon Leibowitz.
The Obama administration is intent on spreading access to the Internet to all corners of the country, and protecting consumers from having their pockets picked by inventive Internet providers.
Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
reply to post by Jazzyguy
Uhh, capitalism is dieing. Obama is doing all he can to destroy it. But the internet is neutral now and it isn't under attack from anything.
I see absolutely no reason for this bill. This bill is going to cause all the problems that you are worried.
The government is going to legislate the problems you are worried about into existence.