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Net Neutrality A Must-Have

Thursday, Apr. 08, 2010 3:45 AM

Some more thoughts on Net Neutrality:

What if 'reasonable management practices' were the case during other pivotal moments in history, such as the American Revolution? Forget the writings of Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Deemed detrimental to commerce and disloyal to the Crown, they would be blocked.

How about the teachings of Jesus Christ? That live streaming broadcast of the Sermon on the Mount? Forget it. This Christ fellow is nothing more than a troublemaker, pushing dangerous ideas and questioning authorities. We'll pull the plug, or charge him a premium.

We have it pretty good in America. The essential freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and press that our founding fathers defined in the Bill of Rights stands us in good stead. There are countries where this is not the case, where the freedoms we take for granted simply aren't there as we are used to them. Divergent thought is either not allowed, or you're thrown into a secret prison and tortured.

Without question, we all have things we'd rather not have to see on the internet. But ceding that choice, the determination of what is and is not valid or permitted to a corporation, will never protect or assure free speech.

So it is the right thing, the necessary thing, to insure that we and future generations have a free internet to accompany our technological and societal growth.

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