“A media and Internet advocacy group sued the federal government Wednesday over its new rules covering Internet traffic, saying they don’t protect wireless traffic from interference by phone companies,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press.
“The group Free Press filed its challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s so-called ‘net neutrality’ rules in federal court in Boston,” Svensson reports. “The rules were adopted in December and take effect in two months. They prohibit Internet service providers from favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services.”
Svensson reports, “They give greater leeway to cellphone companies to manage data traffic because wireless systems are more easily overwhelmed. But Free Press objects to that distinction. ‘There is no evidence in the record to justify this arbitrary distinction between wired and wireless Internet access,’ Free Press policy director Matt Wood said in a statement.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The evidence, Matt, is likely contained in monetary form and certain transfers thereof, which, if everything’s been properly taken care of, you won’t find anywhere near the GD record.
The arbitrary distinction between wired and wireless Internet access is justified simply because that’s the way Verizon and Google want it, damn it, and maybe, just maybe, because Verizon and Google not only do a lot of lobbying in D.C., but they also make healthy campaign contributions.
Politicians, who in general really, really seem to enjoy campaign contributions, just so happen to be the ones who – drumroll, please – appoint and confirm FCC commissioners.
Get it yet, buddy? Sheesh, Matt, you guys really know how to gum up the works with your lawsuits, dontcha? What are you looking for, actual Net Neutrality? Good luck with that, m’kay?
BTW: It’s nice to see that the AP reporter Svensson properly refers to the FCC’s rules as “so-called ‘net neutrality.'”
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