I know that I shouldn’t be surprised every time someone supports a group, candidate or even an idea that goes against their own best interest. Tea Party supporters do this all the time. Followers of Saint Palin do it too and the people who watch Glenn Beck do not have a real grasp of the issues. The people who are going to vote for Ron Johnson come to mind as well.
Case in point, Net Neutrality. To Beck, Net Neutrality is Obama’s plan to put our country on the path of socialism. To him, this is an Obama backed plan. Unfortunately, the followers of Beck believe that Beck can make no mistakes. The problem is that – when it comes to Net Neutrality – Glenn Beck doesn’t know his arse from a hole in the ground.
Net Neutrality didn’t rise up after Obama was in office. The idea of keeping the access to information on the Internet “free” has been around since the late 1990’s. But, if you’re on the right, you wouldn’t know that. The ring wing pundits don’t admit that. They are so against anything that might be supported by this administration, they’ve lost sight of the correct side of an issue.
To put it simply, “Net neutrality is this: If I pay to connect to the Net with a certain quality of service, and you pay to connect with that or greater quality of service, then we can communicate at that level.” (Quoted from Tim Berners-Lee on his blog. Don’t know who Tim Berners-Lee is Google him.)
The problem is that companies – such as Verizon and AT&T – are shoving lobbying dollars to Congress to allow them to determine what content YOU can see via their networks. If you want to view a website that your ISP doesn’t want to allow on their network, they can do that if we DON’T have Net Neutrality. I can’t stress this enough. It is imperative that we keep the Internet free flowing and allow the free flow of information. Content providers pay for their access – you pay for your access – I pay for mine. We shouldn’t have to be prevented from seeing another’s website because our ISP doesn’t have an agreement with them or they want to charge them money above and beyond what they’ve paid for their hosting.