Last week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a 400-page net neutrality order. This order is said to constitute “clear and enforceable rules” to protect consumers, explained a FCC representative. According to a PC World article, the order followed an earlier FCC vote last month to reclassify broadband as a regulated telecommunications service.
A utility – like phone companies.
In response to net neutrality order release, a couple of US Congressmen have committed to reading the FCC’s order, a document they described as “this Washington manifesto.”
Unsettling, isn’t it. First a federal commission votes to reclassify broadband – then release the order explaining what all this means. So much like Nancy Pelosi’s now infamous observation about the Affordable Healthcare Act, “We have to pass the bill so that you can see what’s in it.”
We know what’s in it: more bureaucracy and control. Moreover, we know that this new “consumer protection” will cost us more.
And who knows … that protection may even extend to eliminating some of the really nuts material like the recent question: “What color is this dress?”
Late last month this question briefly dominated the internet, and today a Google search returns 241 million results. But a better question is how much productive time was wasted and how many pointless arguments resulted from a question that only really needed one answer.
Who cares what color the dress is?
Better yet, an “Editor’s pick” on last Friday’s MSN webpage announced that Kim Kardashian celebrated 27 million Instagram followers with a thong picture.
In this world, there are researchers and doctors working to create human hearts with 3-D printer technology. There are men and women tirelessly working to find cures of devastating diseases. There are men and women fighting to maintain our way of life.
There is an endless list of folks who spend their lives committed to the betterment of mankind who wouldn’t have 27 million Instagram followers if their names and contributions were plastered all over the internet.
How are we so shallow that a thong picture of someone who’s only contribution is to gin up lifestyle gossip gets such response?
The FCC’s consumer protection plan is far more likely to be one of enhancing the federal government’s tax coffers with utility fees tacked-on to our monthly internet service bills.
So, any further internet protections will have to be self-generated and perhaps look to reducing the irrelevant, tasteless, “information” that so often afflicts the internet.
Maybe less attention to Ms. Kardashian’s posterior will result in less frequency in her showing it.
Marty Carlson is a columnist for the BPT. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org