Well, That’s It: The Internet Has Been Sold

In a vote that basically paves the way for a new corporate-censored, plutocratic Internet, the Republicans defeated the attempt in the House to establish Net Neutrality.  Congradulations to all those brown-shirts that made this possible.

House rejects Net neutrality rules | Tech News on ZDNet

By a 269-152 vote that fell largely along party lines, the House Republican leadership mustered enough votes to reject a Democrat-backed amendment that would have enshrined stiff Net neutrality regulations into federal law and prevented broadband providers from treating some Internet sites differently from others.

I am finding it nearly impossible to say anything intelligent at the moment, preferring to swear and curse and jump up and down.  Listen to this Republican peice of filth spin the debate as though he’d done a good thing for Americans:

“I want a vibrant Internet just like they do,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican. “Our disagreement is about how to achieve that. They say let the government dictate it…I urge my colleagues to reject government regulation of the Internet.”

No, you don’t want a vibrant Internet.  What you want is an Internet where you’re rich buddies get to decide who gets to speak thier minds and who does not.  What you want is an Internet that looks like network television.  In short, what you want is an Internet that is a plutocracy.

One asshole Tennessee Representative (and I’ve seen this woman speak on the floor of the House, believe me she’s a grade-A asshole) knows exactly what this is all about, and is willing to say she opposes it:

While the debate over Net neutrality started over whether broadband providers could block certain Web sites, it has moved on to whether they should be permitted to create a “fast lane” that could be reserved for video or other specialized content.

Prohibiting that is “not a road we want to go down, but that’s what the Markey amendment would do,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican. “The next thing is going to be having a secretary of Internet Access (in the federal government).”

Oh, I see. Something as outlandish as a Secretary of Communications Technology is so far beyond the pale. Next thing you know, other essencial services might get coopted by silly things like (I’m spitballing, here) a “Secretary of Energy,” or “Secretary of Health and Human Services.” Man, who would want to live in such a bizzaro-world?

The fact of the matter is that information is and always was power. Who controls that power controls most everything else. The Internet presented a chance for at least some of that balance to shift back to the people; a chance for bloggers and individuals to put out thier own thoughts and ideas without the corporate filter. The Republicans are diametrically opposed to any such thing, and they’re going to do everything they can to push the Internet into the box.

What they and Corporate America want is for the Internet to become a passive, one-way media like television is. They don’t care to hear back from us, they don’t care to hear what people like or dislike about the crap they feed us. They want another, far more expensive type of media that allows them to tell us what we like, just as they always have in the past. A “Vibrant Internet” might talk back. A “Vibrant Internet” like the one we have now decides what it likes and dislikes according to it’s own schedule; a “Vibrant Internet” made MP3’s possible, and forced Corporate America’s hand in providing us the content we want the way we want it.

But Corporate America is one step closer to eliminating the upstart-public’s right to choose. The House of “Representatives” has decided once and for all to publicly declare who exactly they represent, and it’s not you or I.

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By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.