Do you use the internet? No? Stop using your psychic powers to infiltrate my brain, creep! But if you do "surf the tubes," you may be aware of net neutrality, which is the novel idea that telecom companies shouldn't be allowed to discriminate among different types of online content, so silly blogs like this can travel at the same speed as, say, a silly blog that paid the telecom company big $$ for favors.
Now, much to the consternation of folks like John McCain, Julius Genachowski is chairman of the FCC, and he's talking up net neutrality before a big vote later this month. Here, let's let him explain in his own actual words why this issue is so important…
"Everywhere from the Streets of Philadelphia to My Hometown in New York, every Bobby Jean and every Jersey Girl should be counting on the Internet remaining free and open, not Counting on a Miracle. They should count on The Rising of millions of voices to beat back any Darkness on the Edge of Town, or broadband Badlands that could threaten limited choice and create potential bottlenecks.
"The people who built the Internet were working on more than a computer network, they were Working on a Dream. It was a network that was Born to Run in a land of open protocols, (the Promised Land). The Internet is more than an information highway, it is a telecom Thunder Road of wonderfully chaotic creativity and it will be a Lonesome Day if that is ever lost. But, hold on, Janey, Don't You Lose Heart, because the FCC will be taking up open Internet rules in the near future."
Ah, so that's why Julius Genachowski is fighting for net neutrality.
He's afraid the telecoms will slow down his ILuvTheBoss fan page, and really, that's the only thing that keeps him going these days.
Tags: Bruce Springsteen, FCC, Internet, Music, Net Neutrality, Science & Technology