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even if we disagree on where the regulation comes from

by mkl4466    Jan 28, 2011, 8:53 PM

Can we agree that the principle of net neutrality is undeniably good for consumers and good for small business? It gives everyone a fair, even playing field, encourages innovation, protects our privacy, and squashes discrimination.
If the government wanted to "control" the internet, we would be having a different discussion. But the FCC isn't sniffing our packets, they aren't regulating what we as consumers say, do, or look at, use, or access while online (as long as we don't violate any other laws), they aren't demanding that the ISPs turn their servers over to the government or telling the ISPs they can't charge us to access the internet. Net Neutrality regulation simply keeps the ISPs from changing the fundamental guideline of how the internet works, and prevents profit grabbing from destroying the internet as we know it. In effect, net neutrality prevents any corporation from "controlling" the internet. Who could be against that?
I'm not getting into whether its constitutional or not. I'm not getting into "big government is bad" or any of that. I'm not even getting into whether the FCC is the right government body to regulate net neutrality.
I just want to push past all the tail chasing and wheel spinning and get down to the heart of the matter: Can anyone honestly provide any valid argument against the concept that net neutrality is beneficial, and even necessary, to keep the internet as we know it alive and kicking?

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