Politics Save Slog!
posted by September 7 at 9:41 AMon
Say the rich family with the big house with four kids that lives on the other side of Capitol Hill from me uses 10 times as much water as I do in my West Capitol Hill apt.
Well, they pay a lot more for it than I do. And that makes sense. (And they can afford to.)
But should their water come rushing out of the pipes faster than it does at my house?
This is essentially the same question that’s in front of Congress when it comes to Net Neutrality—a proposal that would prevent Internet providers from speeding up or slowing down net content based on source, ownership or destination.
The telecom companies like AT&T that control the pipes to the Internet want to give better service to the bigger content providers. Their reasoning: Big providers use more and pay more, so they should get better service—while smaller content providers should be relegated to second tier service.
The battle (the main lobbyist for AT&T is based here in Seattle) heated up this week when the DOJ filed comments with the FCC arguing that net neutrality regulations are unnecessary because the market will take care of everything. And, the DOJ pledges that if inequity breaks out they will swoop in and take action.
Don’t believe that the DOJ will stand up for the little guy if necessary? Take some action of your own.