For some reason I’ve felt an aversion to reading news about our new President. But today I read a few articles that made me too happy to ignore:
Ever since the act first came into societal consciousness, I have been following the vicious battle over net neutrality. For those of you who don’t know much about it, net neutrality is an act that effectively blocks big companies like AT&T from placing a hierarchy on the Internet. Some sites (read “those with money”) would be easily accessible by anyone with the Internet, while small little websites (such as this blog if it ever gets its own domain name) would be extremely slow. So slow, I imagine, that it would not be worth waiting around for. Here’s a fun run down of it.
So why would any company want to slow down the Internet? Money, money, money. The more they control the Internet, the more money they make. And don’t you let any Anne Coulter tell you otherwise.
Obviously, since I’m not ever going to be a CEO of anything and I love the Internet, therefore I am an advocate for net neutrality. The web, for me, is a place to go when you want to find varying, unedited opinions of everyone from nutjobs to doctors to children to criminals, and sometimes all those things at once. The web is not like the television or other more regulated mediums; it is open too all who can access it, and it broadens communities while simultaneously facilitating independence and education.
For the past 8 years it has been shaky going, and it seemed that while the Bush Administration was at large, destruction of net neutrality was always lurking just below the surface. But since Obama named his two FCC Review chair members, the Internet community has been aflutter with joyous buzzing. Both chair members are strong advocates for net neutrality.
Both are highly-regarded outside-the-Beltway experts in telecom policy, and they’ve both been pretty harsh critics of the Bush administration’s telecom policies in the past year.
Their jobs will be to review the agency and arm the president, vice president and prospective agency leader with all the information needed to make key decisions as they prepare to take over.
The choice of the duo strongly signals an entirely different approach to the incumbent-friendly telecom policymaking that’s characterized most of the past eight-years at the FCC.
More of that here.
It is so nice to see that Obama is interested in surrounding his science and technology advisers with people who are actually in touch with those communities at large. Internet lovers, breathe a sigh of relief. Obama is, hopefully hear to help.
And let’s hope he doesn’t just stop at the Internet. There’s a whole lineup of Reagan and Bush doctrines that need clearing up in order to facilitate a less biased media. With more moves like this, Obama will be taking an important step towards sealing up the deadly leaks left behind by the Bushies.