Receiving considerably less attention was the downright Orwellian naming of the “Internet freedom plank,” which opposes net neutrality. Unsurprisingly, the Republicans are looking to remove regulations in the telecommunications industry. Specific regulations are not mentioned.
Perhaps more surprisingly, particularly from the party of the USA PATRIOT Act, is a promise to protect your private data from the prying eyes of Big Brother. The Obama Adminsitration’s stance in favor of net neutrality is derided as “frozen in the past.”
The party that brought us the “series of tubes” we call the “internets” now plans to turn the tubes over completely to corporate America. This is not a good thing.
For those that don’t know or have been misinformed, “Net Neutrality” is the concept that all traffic on the Internet gets treated the same. What many Telecoms and ISP’s want to do is filter traffic to allow those that pay more to have their content delivered faster and more reliably. This has the obvious effect of slowing down and degrading the content of those who don’t pay the piper…or “tuber”.
It is the founding principle of the Net, and now Republicans are officially dead-set against it.