Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Net Neutrality

When comedian Al Franken became Senator Al Franken, he brought a lot of new ideas along with his new title. His first week in office was an historic one; as he was able to question newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. Specifically, he questioned her on net neutrality. Keeping the Internet from becoming like cable television is a major battle that will be waged after the health care debate.

John McCain, who calls himself computer illiterate, has recently introduced a bill trying to destroy net neutrality. Ironically named the Internet Freedom Act, the bill seeks to allow major corporate ISPs to slow or block bandwidth from sites. In true "health reform" like fashion, McCain is calling the FCC's attempt to keep the net neutral as a "government take-over of the Internet." This coming from a man who claims he has no idea how to send an email. It is obvious, however, that he knows exactly how to take a hand out from big business.

Political Atheism is obviously opposed to this legislation, as this small blog could hardly handle zero readers (there are currently at least 3). And it isn't just this measly blog that should be of concern, but the entirety of the web that isn't wholly owned by major corporations. Unless you think paying money to access Google or Youtube on top of your normal internet fees are cool, net neutrality should be on your short list of "things to make sure your elected officials don't try to screw you over on." Thanks for reading Mom, Dad, and anyone else that actually clicks on the Facbook links I post. Stay skeptical.

The Political Atheist

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