Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Government And Net Neutrality

Have you heard about the government's new plan to control the internet via the "net neutrality" bill? Chuck Muth has the scoop on it. Here's a short excerpt of his pithy article.

Net neutrality sounds nice. After all, who doesn’t like non-confrontational neutrality? Can’t we all just get along? Let’s all hold hands, form a circle and sing after me: “Net neutrality, my Lord, net neutrality…”

But the reality of net neutrality is this simple: New government regulation of the Internet. Net neutrality, in essence, says that someone who uses a lot more of a service only has to pay the same amount as someone who uses a minimal amount. Think of an all-you-can-eat buffet where “Large Marge” loads up her plate three stories high and pays the same amount as the person who just grabs a small salad.
More governmental intervention, when will it end?