Thursday, August 05, 2010

Net neutrality, free speech issue

Minnesota's Sen. Al Franken says net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time:
But telecommunications companies want to be able to set up a special high-speed lane just for the corporations that can pay for it. You won't know why the internet retail behemoth loads faster than the mom-and-pop shop, but after a while you may get frustrated and do all of your shopping at the faster site. Maybe the gatekeepers will discriminate based on who pays them more. Maybe they will discriminate based on whose political point of view conforms to their bottom line.
Well, I'm certainly not in favor of more consolidation of the telecommunications industry. They are basically the same people who killed locally owned and programmed radio. They are the cloaked why behind Hollywood's tedious penchant for doing so many remakes and sequels.

Click here to read Franken's entire OpEd piece at CNN.

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