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Net Neutrality is Anything But Neutral

Net neutrality is an innocuous sounding term for what is really media Marxism. This is an ideological attempt by those on the left to control the greatest means for the distribution of information ever devised. It provides a playing field which the government does not control, and this is immensely troubling to those on the left.

There are two pieces to net neutrality:

Equal Access: Equal access says that everyone should always have equal priorities to the flow of information on the internet. In practice, this means that if I am updating my Twitter account, and my neighbor is downloading a movie, he shouldn't have access to more bandwidth than me. Right now, the large providers manage access, with some handling over one million URL requests a second. They are doing a phenomenal job. Net neutrality would prevent them from doing so, and would essentially "socialize" the internet.

This would also create some horrendous situations with the providers being unable to provide more bandwidth and priority to a hospital downloading an emergency transmission of an MRI, than they provide to me while I update my Twitter feed. We are obviously against this.

Equal Rates / Equal Service: Proponents of net neutrality are also trying to stop providers from offering "tiered" service plans. Think "first class," "business pricing plans for phone service etc." According to proponents, under net neutrality, everyone has to be charged the same, and provided the same services. This is the antithesis of capitalism, and would result in the stifling of technology development. Providers spend billions developing the technology; it is their right to charge as they see fit, and to create pricing plans that serve the needs of real customers in a real marketplace.

Our position is that net neutrality is simply government interference in the most important communications medium in history. Tea Party Patriots across the nation are very concerned about government regulation and interference in the internet, and we will be continuing to educate them about the reality of net neutrality, and the damage it will do to both the progress of technology and to the operation of the free market.

Tea Party Patriots, teapartypatriots.org 80 Comments [1/16/2011 6:11:20 AM]
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Matante

Do they believe half of what they write???

1/16/2011 6:13:24 AM

Cy

These people don't have a clue what they're talking about, do they?

1/16/2011 6:19:37 AM

Concerned Brit

They sort of start from the truth and then apply arse backwards logic to it.

Of course if Net Neutrality is lost and their ISP just so happens to block their brand of arsehattery watch them scream persecution at the top of their lungs from now until the sun goes Red Giant!

1/16/2011 6:24:21 AM

Not Today

He lost me at the MRI vs. Tweet.

1/16/2011 6:35:28 AM

shykid

I hope your Tea Party wankery is ironically rendered inaccessible due to a lack of net neutrality.

1/16/2011 6:45:44 AM

shunyata

Neutrality, what? Equality, fairness? We're gawd's chosen people, we don't need any of that shit. You can't make things fair, that's not fair to us fundy morons!

1/16/2011 6:46:53 AM

Canadia

No clue about the topic at hand, as usual.

1/16/2011 6:50:25 AM

WWWWolf

> This is an ideological attempt by those on the left to control the greatest means for the distribution of information ever devised.

The famous "Let's call everything the exact opposite and it will be true now and forevermore" argument. It's always a backwards day in fundieland!

> Equal Access: Equal access says that everyone should always have equal priorities to the flow of information on the internet. In practice, this means that if I am updating my Twitter account, and my neighbor is downloading a movie, he shouldn't have access to more bandwidth than me.

No, it means that you are able to use Twitter and your neighbour is able to download the movie. You know, like things are right now.

Now, fundienutters have this problem understanding "equality". They assume that "equal rights" means mandated equality. Nope. It means equal opportunity. If someone needs to download a movie, let them. If someone has to tweet, let them. As simple as that.

> According to proponents, under net neutrality, everyone has to be charged the same, and provided the same services. This is the antithesis of capitalism, and would result in the stifling of technology development.

I suppose you didn't notice the dot-com boom? You know, the period where every company went to the Internet, because every company who wanted to provide services on the Internet were on the level playing field? A capitalist utopia where every small business owner had the same opportunities and same chance of success as big names like Amazon, because they had a global audience?

This is what we have now. The big media and telcos, still worshipping the same ideals of capitalism, want to put an end to it. They want small businesses pay through their nose to stay afloat.

You're not defending healthy capitalism, you're defending the bad sides of capitalism with the same rhetoric.

1/16/2011 6:52:29 AM

Nithing

'hospitals downloading MRI data'? Just how easy it is for corporations to fool the right-wing base?

How about this for an example - Comcast give 'teapartypatriots.org' 1/200th of the bandwidth they give to a Justin Bieber streaming concert because he makes them cash and you don't.

1/16/2011 6:57:07 AM

Mudak

Simply put, net neutrality is intended to prevent a given ISP from blocking access to certain websites. Think of it this way: if your cable company decided on its own to drop access to Fox News, how would you feel? Net neutrality would ensure that you could at least still get to their website.

1/16/2011 6:57:23 AM

Mithras

Oh noes, communism rides teh interwebz!

What is wrong with these people? Fucking paranoid, I'd say...

1/16/2011 7:36:49 AM

blah

Nothing to do with fundamentalism.

1/16/2011 7:50:52 AM

Panz

You're a fucking moron, aren't you?

Oh, tea party, yes, you are a fucking moron

1/16/2011 8:01:14 AM

TGRwulf

What? No really, WHAT??

1/16/2011 8:02:45 AM

Serph-no-Okami

Do you lot ever bother to actually understand what it is you're arguing against?

Then again, if they would, they wouldn't be arguing in the first place. Maybe.

1/16/2011 8:04:46 AM

jsonitsac

Capitalism is the antithesis of freedom

1/16/2011 8:07:25 AM

Tempus

No, Net Neutrality is the same situation we have now.

What most of those in favor of tiered service plans want is to be able to charge their customers extra to access what they're currently getting now for free--under the guise of a shortage of bandwidth that actually doesn't exist in a desperate bid to wring more money out of their customers in return for less service.

Congratulations, tea-tards. Once again, you've been convinced to vote against your own best interests by cynical idiots waving a flag and a bible.

1/16/2011 8:13:23 AM

Xotan

Much as it may come as a surprise to you, America does not own the internet, so you cannot just cut the world off. All you can do is cut America off. This is the kind of control that was exerted in communist countries. But then, I have always thought that fundies are basically fascist and tyrannical. Thanks for proving it.

1/16/2011 8:21:15 AM



The same guys crying persecution for the most stupid things. Be our guests.

1/16/2011 8:37:19 AM

TB Tabby

Once again proving that the "grassroots" Teabaggers are the willing servants of wealthy corporations.

1/16/2011 8:42:26 AM

Fang

Wow. So much fail.

1/16/2011 9:12:19 AM

Doubting Thomas

Since when is allowing total freedom of information on the internet considered government interference? And when is freedom of information considered control of that information?

Or is this just the result of way they lump every single thing they disagree with into one big group?

1/16/2011 9:13:18 AM

Chatvert

Wow, these people really think that Harrison Bergeron is a prophetic vision of the future as opposed to satire, don't they?

1/16/2011 9:20:58 AM

Godbuster

Translation: "Get rid of Net Nutrallity, so I can see mah FAVRITE commurcials all the time! So mah corprutt masturs can alluz tell mah wut to do! PRAISE CAPITALISM! Free Thinkamathinging is tu triccky anyhoo!"

1/16/2011 9:25:08 AM

JonnyTruant

Arguments from ignorance do the Tea Baggers no credit. Of course, precious little of what they do ever shines positive.

I look at it as an experiment in evolution. Isolation due to religion has allowed an informational drift in certain states making them incompatible with more sensible ideologies. However, since they're unable to compete rhetorically, factually, or otherwise, they will soon die out. They are a failure as a species, though entertaining and sometimes frightening while they exist.

1/16/2011 9:33:46 AM
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