For the better part of a decade, companies like Google and IAC/InterActiveCorp have been pushing for the federal government to regulate the Internet in the name of net neutrality, and I’ve been fighting them every step of the way.
We beat them in Congress.
We beat them in the courts.
We beat them in public opinion.
But we lost to them on a 3-2 party line vote at the Federal Communications Commission, led by long-time IAC/InterActiveCorp general counsel turned FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. The FCC’s unlawful order gives that commission the self-appointed power to regulate how the broadband networks that comprise the Internet operate. (At least until courts again weigh in and stop them.)
Net neutrality regulations benefit those companies, of course, by ensuring they won’t pay any of the cost of building broadband networks, leaving those considerable costs to fall completely on consumers and taxpayers.
So I’m suffering from serious cognitive dissonance when the very same companies that have adamantly pursued regulation of the physical networks that comprise the Internet have now taken to the airwaves in eight states in opposition to SOPA with a radio ad that says:
“New onerous regulations are the last thing we need from Washington as our nation is struggling to get back on its feet. But in our nation’s capitol some members of Congress are trying to pass a bill that would do just that, regulate the internet, the one part of our economy that has been growing. That makes no sense.”
It sounds like they took notes on our fight against their net neutrality regulatory push and adopted our messages as their own.
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