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    This is one of the most informative diaries I've seen  on the subject and the analogies are great. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together.

    I've been writing to my representatives since this issue first surfaced and all other attempts to filter/censor or regulate content. Once they they their nose under the tent we've lost.

    I'm really puzzled by this guy running the FCC now. He let the media expand their local markets in spite of overwhelming public opposition, yet he seems to be supporting net neutrality. Anyone have any idea what he's doing and why? Given his track record, there has to some ulterior motive.

    •  no specifics, but... (0+ / 0-)

      But there's a lot at stake with Net Neutrality.  IMO, the only reason we heard about it to begin with (rather than finding out about it after the fact) is because it pits the telecom heavyweights against the heavyweight service providers (such as Google).  They're fighting it out right now for dominance, and we're caught in the middle.  So, as a cynic, I think it's probable that the reasons for Martin's position on NN have little to do with us, "the little guy".

      Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself. --Jane Addams

      by shock on Sun Apr 20, 2008 at 12:40:20 AM PDT

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    •  Good to hear ;-) (0+ / 0-)

      Sorry that I can't make any insightful observations about the guy running the FCC right now -- too many topics, so little time!

      Given your description, I'd be concerned that he's attempting to look (to the public) as if he's defending the Internet, while in fact allowing some loopholes to slip through.

      It's been my experience that unless an appointee or politician can actually synthesize and express the logic of a position or point of view, they don't actually understand the key conceptual elements of an issue.  What we don't understand tends to fool us -- it's when we understand things pretty well that we have more power to resist false statements and pseudo-solutions.

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