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Monday, November 22, 2010

Next on Obama's Lame Duck Agenda: Net Neutrality

I'd keep a close eye on anything that happens between now and January 20th. Anything that he's pushing now he's doing it for a reason: because he doesn't think he can get it through under the new congress. Looks like he's trying to sneak thru Net Neutrality. I'm not an expert on it myself, but Cass Sunstein, Obama Czar, explains it like this:

Sites of one point of view agree to provide links to other sites so that if you're reading a conservative magazine, they would provide a link to a liberal site, and vice-versa, just to make it easy for people to get access to competing views, or maybe a pop-up on your screen that would show an advertisement or maybe even a quick argument for a competing view. The best would be for this to be done voluntarily, but the word "voluntary" is a little complicated and sometimes people don't do what's best for our society unless Congress holds hearings or unless the public demands it. And the idea would be to have a legal mandate as the last resort and to make sure it's as neutral as possible if we have to get there, but to have that as, you know, an ultimate weapon designed to encourage people to do better.

Ok. So it's really for our own good.