The FCC has made a new bed and expects us to sleep in it. Good luck with that, I don’t even bother caring what the government does most of the time because present-day technology seems to constantly supercede their authority.
But let’s not forget that there are real and present dangers that could affect your bottom line, with corporations that need to be smacked by the invisible hand of the market when they try shit like this (nod of the hat to John Gruber):
The companies, Allot Communications and Openet — suppliers to large wireless companies including AT&T and Verizon — showed off a new product in a web seminar Tuesday, which included a PowerPoint presentation (1.5 MB PDF) that was sent to Wired by a trusted source.
The idea? Make it possible for your wireless provider to monitor everything you do online and charge you extra for using Facebook, Skype or Netflix. For instance, in the seventh slide of the above PowerPoint, a Vodafone user would be charged two cents per MB for using Facebook, three euros a month to use Skype and $0.50 monthly for a speed-limited version of YouTube. But traffic to Vodafone’s services would be free, allowing the mobile carrier to create video services that could undercut NetFlix on price.
Face it: “net neutrality” measures from the government amount to little more than protecting idiots from themselves (either idiotic consumers or the businesses whose policies shoot themselves in the foot). Everyone who has access to the internet has the choice to switch carriers, and even more importantly: new local peers will always be emerging when entrepreneurs sense that they can deliver a better product/price (which includes free, with carriers like behemoth Google literally giving internet away as a branded experience on a city-wide basis).
I’m not worried, I know how to use proxies and I trust that Internet freedom is the one area where those bastards (The Man) will never will be able to turn back the clock.
UPDATE: Don’t miss Adam Thierer’s amused musings over at Technology Liberation Front “Net Neutrality: A Christmas Gift for Washington Lawyers & Lobbyists”