This isn't meant to be political but more like here are some thoughts for digestion.
This first is from FCC Commish Copps (thanks to Benton Foundation):
"I think most of you understand how important the Internet and access to high-speed broadband are to the future of our country. This incredible technology intersects with just about every great challenge confronting our nation-whether it's jobs, education, energy, climate change and the environment, news, international competitiveness, health care or equal opportunity.
"You know, history is pretty clear that when some special interest has control over both the content and distribution of a product or service -- and a financial incentive to exercise that control -- someone is going to try it. That's a monopoly or an oligopoly or whatever you want to call it -- I call it a danger to America."
The second is from Al Franken:
"But there's an even bigger issue here. It's that when government will not act, corporations will. And unlike government agencies, which have a legal responsibility to protect American consumers, the only thing corporations care about, the only thing that they have a legal duty to promote, is their bottom line."
"We can't let companies write the rules that they're supposed to follow," Franken added, "because if that happens those rules are going to be written only to protect corporations."
Net Neutrality is largely misunderstood by the public. By and large though, if a company is going to spend millions to get their way, the consumer will be getting that bill for lobbying, astro-turf funding and advertising.
"Terrorists will never defeat America, but Jersey Shore, like necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria), could rot us from within. - Alan Weiss