Despite claims by Net Neutrality supporters that they are simply looking to protect freedom of speech and access to public information, it is becoming more and more apparent that what they truly want is for the government to regulate what services companies are allowed to provide and to whom.
A posting at Tech Lib Front explains:
In response to a fee dispute between the two companies, Fox on Saturday pulled its programming from the Cablevision system, and blocked Cablevision internet users from accessing Fox programming on-line. Separately, Hulu.com (minority owned by Fox) enforced a similar restriction, hoping to stay “neutral” in the dispute. Despite the fact that “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” weren’t even on this weekend (pre-empted by some sports-related programming, I guess), the viewing public was incensed, journalists wrote, and Congress expressed alarm. The blackout, at least on cable, persists.
Net Neutrality supporters are outraged that Fox has removed its content from the Cablevision system and blocked that service from accessing its programming over the Internet. This, NN supporters claim, is precisely the sort of stuff that they intend to prevent with their policy ideas.
But just what are the Net Neutrality folks saying here? Certainly they are saying that Fox should not be allowed to decide who gets its programming. They are saying that Fox should not be allowed to decide with whom they will do business. NN supporters are saying that Fox should not be allowed to make decisions about its own programming and they think that said programming should be free and “open” on the Internet.
This is essentially a communist-like, anti-property rights argument.
In the past NN supporters have concentrated their fire on Internet providers saying that efforts they might make to structure higher fees for faster connections endangered the Internet. They’ve said that this idea would essentially create a multi-tiered Internet where “the poor” have lesser access to the Internet than “the rich.” Until now NNers have claimed that they really only care about “the last mile” of the Internet, that window by which users access the Internet. But this has been a smoke screen all along.