While this dynamic is understood by those working in the beltway, people outside of Washington remain largely unaware of the relationship between civil rights organizations and the interests of telecom industry players.
For years now the corporate Internet Service Providers have been pushing for a tiered system of Internet delivery. They want the FCC to allow them to construct "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" on the Internet.
Over at my telephone/internet/cable company, they play one lite jazz segment over and over. For more than an hour I listened to this ditty, all 30 seconds of it, before it repeated and repeated. It was minimalist hell.
Folks, there's this law called CDA 230 which is a major free speech protection on the Internet. It also protects much of the business on the Net, which involves engagement with regular people. It's a really big deal. Maybe the most important law protecting Internet speech.
So I say to the worst Internet service provider in the world, to whom I have given dozens of hours of my time over the years dealing with their incompetent customer service and tech support professionals and their highly unstable platform, goodbye and good riddance.
Behind the SOPA legislative scene a very different and highly competitive industrial-scale battle is being fought by publishers of the web's content, Internet service providers (the final distributors of content) and copyright owners, including Hollywood.