How to lose money and freedom in the same grab

Internet neutrality is the biggest crisis with the smallest headlines of the decade. The physical internet has been a common carrier since its inception, until the FCC threw it to phone and cable companies as a gift. It needs to be taken back, and Lawrence Lessig and Robert McChesney explain why. If you don’t want to think this stuff through for yourself, there is no better guide than Lessig.

Anyone who uses the internet, and that obviously means you, needs to get involved in this. Not only are we at risk of having our pockets picked, we are liable to be blindfolded and deafened. Go here, send letters and emails as recommended, and get out your credit card: good practice for the non-deductible contributions you’ll be making for the fall elections.

Author: James Wimberley

James Wimberley (b. 1946, an Englishman raised in the Channel Islands. three adult children) is a former career international bureaucrat with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His main achievements there were the Lisbon Convention on recognition of qualifications and the Kosovo law on school education. He retired in 2006 to a little white house in Andalucia, His first wife Patricia Morris died in 2009 after a long illness. He remarried in 2011. to the former Brazilian TV actress Lu Mendonça. The cat overlords are now three. I suppose I've been invited to join real scholars on the list because my skills, acquired in a decade of technical assistance work in eastern Europe, include being able to ask faux-naïf questions like the exotic Persians and Chinese of eighteenth-century philosophical fiction. So I'm quite comfortable in the role of country-cousin blogger with a European perspective. The other specialised skill I learnt was making toasts with a moral in the course of drunken Caucasian banquets. I'm open to expenses-paid offers to retell Noah the great Armenian and Columbus, the orange, and university reform in Georgia. James Wimberley's occasional publications on the web

3 thoughts on “How to lose money and freedom in the same grab”

  1. I think an important step would be to give the issue a better name than "net neutrality." That wonkish phrase means exactly nothing to most people.

  2. If the grab succeeds in the USA, will it be followed elsewhere? Not necessarily. I'm sure telcos are just as greedy in Europe, but there would be strong resistance. Look at the fate of the software patents directive in the European Parliament. Cynical politicians like Chirac would see a chance to shift the centre of gravity of the Internet to Europe.
    The USA could lock itself inside another Great Firewall of China, crimped not by censorship but by second-class access, while innovation moves to a friendlier environment. The move could seriously harm American competitivity in information technology.

  3. I'll send letters and email. And since I am fully aware of how responsive both our government and our corporations are, I'll be packing my bags.

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