By way of Atrios, we discover that Google has moved away from its pro-net neutrality position:
Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers.
At risk is a principle known as network neutrality: Cable and phone companies that operate the data pipelines are supposed to treat all traffic the same — nobody is supposed to jump the line.
I’ve said this before: this is why we’re seeing all of the Fairness Doctrine bullshit. It’s purpose is to drive a wedge between the left wing and right wing groups that favor net neutrality. Let me spell it out:
- The Fairness Doctrine forces radio and TV to provide alternative viewpoints–and most progressives and liberals don’t want the Fairness Doctrine reimposed.
- ‘Forcing’ all content to be treated as equal is just like the Fairness Doctrine. If an internet provider wants to favor some material over others, why can’t it?
- No more net neutrality.
Is this a fucking stupid argument? Yes. But there are a lot of fucking stupid people out there–and the money helps lubricate the stupidity.
I’m telling you, this is exactly how this argument will play out.