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Franken: Open Internet Is An Independent Producer’s Last Best Hope

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 15, 2011

Why I like my junior senator, part #2792374973:

Net neutrality means that content-a web page, an email, a download-moves over the Internet freely, and it moves at the same speed no matter what it is or who owns it.

So an email from President Obama and an email from your Tea Partier uncle come in at the same speed. You can buy a song from an indie band just as quickly as you can buy a song from a band on a major label. And if you start a website for your small business, your customers can have their orders processed just as easily with you as they could if they were buying from a multi-national conglomerate.

We take this basic fairness-this equality, this, shall we say, neutrality-for granted, because that’s how it’s always been. The Internet is democratic. Not capital-D Democratic, although, for that annoying uncle of yours who still insists that government has never created a job, the Internet was developed by the government at public expense.

No, what I mean is that the Internet is small-d democratic. Everyone has the same say. If you want to be heard above other people-if you want your argument to prevail, or your song to be popular, or your product to sell-the only way to do it is to have a better argument, or a catchier song, or a more useful product.

I think this is a good thing. I think most people think this is a good thing. And that’s why your Tea Partier uncle might hear that Al Franken is fighting for net neutrality and say something like, “Leave the Internet alone!”

And that’s exactly what I want. We have net neutrality right now. And we don’t want to lose it. That’s all. The fight for net neutrality isn’t about improving the Internet. It’s not about changing the Internet at all. It’s about ensuring that it stays just the way it is.

It’s the big corporations who now own the physical infrastructure that makes the Internet work, the pipes through which content is distributed-the tubes, if you will-who want to change the Internet by ending net neutrality.

Read the whole thing. It’s excellent.

One Response to “Franken: Open Internet Is An Independent Producer’s Last Best Hope”

  1. Charles II said

    I like the idea of criminalizing Net Neutrality. No law means anything unless it contains criminal sanctions.

    How ironic that Franken is acting as a genuine conservative, preserving what is good about the Internet.

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