Since Ben set this area up, I think he wanted a little controversy. Just figured I’d throw out a recent topic that Hollywood seems to be pretty preachy about… soapbox: engaged.
How on earth do these political topics get framed as they are? Net neutrality is the latest example. Last week I heard co-workers lamenting how their cable speeds were going to be “throttled.” What??? That’s not what Net Neutrality (NN) is about. Going back a few years, there were multiple bills for NN and none of them got enough support to pass. IIRC, most of the conversation for why NN was needed centered on ensuring “balanced” political discussion. Since President Obama couldn’t get it through congress, he encouraged the FCC to reclassify the internet. They did this in 2015. This allowed the FCC to regulate everything said and done (content and delivery) on the internet. This set table for further politicization of something else (as if the courts, IRS and DOJ were not enough). The NN repeal doesn’t give any new powers to “throttle” that didn’t exist prior to 2015.
IMHO, NN was an unconstitutional power grab that was done because it could not be passed through proper legal channels (the legislative branch). It allowed governmental control over something that was doing quite well without that control. It’s repeal had nothing to do with what was being discussed as its potential repeal came into focus (throttling). I still happen to think it is a fact that Free Market Capitalism has resulted in the most prosperous nation in the history of ever. This in turn has allowed the US to grow, support, protect and resuscitate nations all over the earth. The repeal of NN was a move towards Free Market Capitalism, so it seems a good move to me. I say to the US government… keep your hands off the internet!