Following a conference call with Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg I can now say that Google, a company that I've long admired and currently hold thousands of dollars of stock in, just "went evil."
Telecoms can't censor your phone calls because telephone service has long been held to common access standards. But Bush's FCC ruled that all new communications technologies were in a different category.
The FCC (and Google) should know that over decades, the Bell companies have had a history of not keeping the official promises they have made, and the Commission itself has not shown any inclination to enforce them.
The least Congressional shark jumpers could do is let the FCC do its job and enact the modest changes they proposed to fix the Bush-era mistakes that did away with any consumer protection and oversight.
Sometime soon, Texas Congressman John Culberson is expected to try a backdoor parliamentary move to short-circuit the work of the FCC to establish some reasonable rules of the road to help everyone get connected to the Internet.
Few governments have any kinds of laws clearly governing the limits of speech and of anonymity online. Standards are being set piecemeal by corporations, which are accountable to no one but their shareholders.
You can't please some people. They will push until they get what they want. That's their job. Your job is to look out for the public good and for businesses that don't have $6 million to spend on lobbying fees.
The members of the Writers Guild of America, East see first-hand what happens when too few entities control too much of what the American public watches and listens to, both in the entertainment realm and in news.
Increasing broadband access worries some who fear it will lead to more piracy. But others are more concerned about "corporate pirates" who've tried to hijack control of the Internet for their own commercial benefit.