LIke ObamaCare it was drafted in secret. Public Knowledge has the best overview. Grandma is somewhat optimistic that this FCC is a move to create a more equitable playing field.That said, we negotiate frothy rapids as our society changes from the industrial model to the new digital model, founded on connecting to each other over the Internet.
We must be ever vigilant to keep the Internet (our new foundation) free and to keep America free. )Net-Neutrality Changes the Game Plan.
“I have the Cyber Law all written for you Mr. President; it just wants your executive signature,” said Rat-face.
The last honest politician was puzzled. It sounded like Rat-face, a lobbyist, had just written legislation.
“Not at this time,” said the wannabe Oligarch
“You have signed all my other bills into law, without bothering with Congress, why not this one,” muttered Rat-face sullenly.
“You put a man in a hot tub, and you increase the temperature by ten degrees every half hour and did you know Ratty, that you can boil that man alive?”
“You don’t have to tie him down?”
“Not if the gradient is right.”
“He won’t jump out?” asked Rat-face, astounded.
“No, he won’t jump” said the king-president.
“Because he doesn’t notice the small changes.”
“So we have to let this one heat up?” asked Rat-face, finally getting it.
“Yes this is only warm now,” said Crabben, “Yet, Mr. President this is the perfect example of the one factor besides gradient, that is relevant in these PR wars.”
“And that is?’ The President looked at the international corporate leader with some interest.
“You have to make that soaking man, sitting there in a tub that is too hot for him; you have to make him think it was his idea in the first place!”
“Touche,” said the President smiling broadly.
“Are you perhaps both talking about ‘Net Neutrality’?” asked Rat-face. He cracked a stupid smile.
Crabben raised an eyebrow, “No other internet laws have yet been successful to curb the freedom of the Internet, have they Mr. President?”
“I don’t have to use my executive powers to pass ‘Net-neutrality’ “ said the President. “Congress is going to do that for me.”
“My point exactly.”
“So what exactly does ‘Net Neutrality’ give us?” asked Rat-face. “My Cyber Security bill takes the issue much further.”
“What it achieves is it gets the little man willing to stay in a boiling pot,” laughed the President
“It gives us that, but ‘net neutrality’ also gives us global taxes,” said Crabben with a wicked smile.
“And that is why Congress has to be the one to pass this one.” Crabben nodded.
“Why would Congress want to pass it?” asked Rat-face.
“Because they think it is a good law and this time the people want it.” Crabben winked at the President.
“Yes, you sure have put a good spin on the PR.,” said the President.
“Thank you Sir.”
The lights flickered as a helicopter was heard overhead. The little group fell silent, then moved to take their seats.
A military man moved briskly to the podium. As he stood ramrod straight they could see how well he had been decorated. With all that brass on his front chest, the last good politician now sitting on the other side of the room, was afraid he would pitch forward. He listened carefully for name, rank and serial number and when none was forthcoming, he wondered why the uniform was being so secretive?
Medals began his address to the global elites. “I am here to talk to you about getting control of the Internet.” He was going straight to the point. This Internet was the hot topic.
“I’ll begin with a short history; we were caught napping when the Internet went together. We thought the creators of the Internet a bunch of students in Academia playing with computers; they weren’t into money, so they operated beneath our radar.”
“Not good,” said the President.
Crabben remembered how long it had taken him to get the newspapers under his thumb; easily thirty years. Then another twenty until the powers of the Big Screen stood up to salute him.
Medals continued, “Geeks created the Net and with it a new culture of freedom; free speech and free search to be followed by free applications and free content. As long as it all remained free, we let them be; big mistake. When we woke up, everybody was in on the act.
Crabben remembered how the masses had migrated to the Web; searching, and starting blogs, and creating a whole new spider web of social media, sharing with friends and families and even mere acquaintances. How was a body, ever to get control of that?
“Pornography was ramping up.” Medals continued. “We decided that if we could police the porn, we could police the Net.”
“But that didn’t happen,” said Crabben icily.
“No it didn’t happen.”
Techie-geeks had written programs to put Internet viewing under parental control and the Elites had lost another skirmish in the Internet war.
“What is the goal here?”
The uniform answered quickly, “Now that everybody has a website or a blog, what we are after is a rule from a Federal Body of Control; we need the DOJ to give us the power to turn sites on or off.”
The last good politician gagged. He had a vision of individual sites popping on and off, not because the creators wanted them to go away, and certainly not because there was no interest from a Web audience; they would be turned off because the owner of the site or the programmer had fallen foul of the military or the elites. He felt a bad headache coming on.
“Doesn’t “net neutrality” make that impossible?” he asked tentatively. He was outnumbered in this elite gathering.
“Yes and no. This law gives us a foothold. It establishes the right for us to interfere. Before it was all “hands-off”.”
“And this DOJ power that you want, could it eventually loosen the technical and structural control of the web?” The last good politician was computer savvy and he was genuinely concerned.
There was a pregnant silence before the military man answered his question in the affirmative.
“I don’t get it?” said Rat-face breathlessly. “What difference is all this going to make?”
“You are not supposed to get it,” said the President, “It is meant to be confusing.”
“ ‘Net-neutrality’ is game-changing,” said Crabben. “It points us in a new direction.”
“But?” asked Ratty.
“It could change the world; “ said the Uniform flatly, “Now it is still itsy, bitsy tiny, one bit at a time kind of control, but we have not had that before. One day we could be given a new global power to take the techies out, web site by website and then none will dare oppose us.”
“And then the global elites will rule the world,” thought the President, who was near the end of his term and so badly badly wanted to become a global oligarch.
Crabben rubbed his hands together greedily, imagining the potential for a brand-new, global tax.
(Excerpt from Politics IOU)
Quote for the Week
Freedom of connection with any application to any party is the fundamental social basis of the internet. And now, is the basis of the society built on the internet.