Ron Paul Understands Net Neutrality

by Mr. Polidico on June 30, 2007

It’s great that we have the Internet. It’s great that we have that Media Equalizer!” — cheer!
                  ~ Kansas City, MO Speech

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Of all 2008 Presidential Candidates, Dr Ron Paul may understand the importance of Net Neutrality better than any other.

Ron Paul has seen, first hand, the immense POWER of the Net. I also found it refreshing that he phrased it in such a way that makes it crystal clear that he understands exactly WHY the Net is so important…

Because without it, the crooked, biased, horribly corrupt Big Media would run the show without a single counter balance. That’s exactly what the Internet is – the Media Equalizer.

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icecow 06.30.07 at 2:03 pm

Someone is confused here, and I suspect it isn’t me.

If the internet is not regulated (deregulated) the first thing IPs will do with their ‘freedom’ is take away net neutrality by adding bandwidth shaping and extracting high tolls.

chris lawton 06.30.07 at 2:47 pm

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Ron has never voted to raise taxes.
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Ron has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
Ron has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
Ron has never voted to raise congressional pay.
Ron has never taken a government-paid junket.

Ron voted against the Patriot Act.
Ron votes against regulating the Internet.
Ron voted against NAFTA and CAFTA.
Ron votes against the United Nations.
Ron votes against the welfare state.
Ron votes against reinstating a military draft.

Ron votes to preserve the constitution.
Ron votes to cut government spending.
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Ron votes to protect civil liberties.
Ron votes to secure our borders with real immigration reform

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restoring the original Constitutional Republic and returning Amerika
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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot
survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor
moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling
through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor—he speaks in the accents
familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and
he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He
rots the soul of a nation—he works secretly and unknown in the night
to undermine the pillars of a city—he infects the body politic so
that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.

— Cicero: orator, statesman, political theorist, lawyer and
philosopher of Ancient Rome.

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is a revolutionary act” GEORGE ORWELL

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Matt 06.30.07 at 3:08 pm

Yeah. Price controls work. Lets use price control to keep the net free. I would say you are confused and in dire need for some econmic lessons.

tsoldrin 06.30.07 at 3:08 pm

As far as confusion goes… you need to keep in mind that as soon as this or any similar type of regular is foisted upon the internet, it will open the door for everything else. That’s how our broken legal system works – on precedents. Therefore you can either let them regulate and naively hope more regulation doesn’t follow, or you can keep their grubby hands off the internet and let competition handle the bandidth ‘problem’.

It’s a non-issue anyway because it assumes from the get-go that we’re going to somehow saddled with the amount of bandwidth that we have now and that’s just a foolish notion. In five years each and every person will have as much bandwidth coming into their house as the backbone has today.

Mr. Charrington 06.30.07 at 4:21 pm

The internet is “deregulated” today. Most ISP’s work from or off of reselling bandwidth from ILEC’s like AT&T, BELL etc.. to this point in time they have NOT raised the pricing BECAUSE there is a “fairness” act prohibiting them from gouging the consumer – The AT&T, BELL’s etc, THEY are the ones wanting to control content, bandwidth etc. IF they were allowed to do so since they are already REGULATED by the Govenment, would make it very easy for the Government to demand (by passing new regulation for them) access to each and every one of your systems online today, any and all information and possible personal data by using “line sampling”. Keeping regulations on AT&T is a damn good idea, allowing any big business the legal freedom to “impose” their taxation or fees on usage (which is something we already pay for) is the worst thing you could possibly allow to happen.
Maybe the younger generation does not remember the saying “No taxation without representation”. So many of the problems we have today are because of criminal taxation.
Don’t allow it to happen to one of our last freedoms left.

Big Brother 06.30.07 at 5:18 pm

The problem is that there is already a plan under way to create a new Internet that will force regulation on anyone wishing to use it. Those who refuse will be left behind, forced to use old, outdated technology.

Allowing a little regulation is the same thing that happened when people allowed a little taxation. It opens the door to guaranteed corruption and a continual move toward the opposite end of the spectrum of Internet freedom.

The only way to solve the problem is to stop it before it starts. If it ever does start, kiss everything as we know it on the Internet, good bye. Lose it and we’ll never get it back.

There was a time when radio was not regulated and anyone could use the radio waves for little cost. All you needed was the equipment and it was easily affordable.

Eventually, not only were regulations imposed but costs became so steep that no one could afford to use the technology but the rich, who then completely gained control of the technology and it’s many benefits, including all the power that came with it.

The same would happen with the Internet if this sort of thing is allowed.

Sadly, half the people will look at it and say, ‘ah, who cares’, and some will buy into the ‘sales pitch’ that we somehow suddenly ‘need’ regulation.

Trust me, this is far from over. There will be an all out fight to force regulation on the Internet in the future. The ones that try to force it will be those who wish to strip away freedoms for financial gain, power and control. The ones losing will be us, the little guy; the people who are making the Internet what it is today.

Rob 07.01.07 at 5:20 am

@ Big Brother

Fuckin’ A man, fuckin’ A.

I couldn’t agree more… People never learn that those in power tend to always want more power. He who controls the media controls the masses, and to control the media and, therefore, the masses, in a democratic society, without the masses being aware of it, is the most powerful form of power there is. The internet is the last bastion of free speech and uncontrolled media, and if it goes the way of radio and television, well, that it would suck is a gross understatement.

Big Brother 07.01.07 at 8:30 am

Rob, you’re absolutely right and an excellent point.

If the Net is forced under regulation by the individuals and groups that impose it, the take over will be done swiftly and silently.

It will probably happen at a time when they can contrive and manipulate the public opinion into thinking that it’s for our own good. People will even thank them for it.

It’s very dangerous to trust those in power or those that seek power. Fortunately, you and I don’t share that problem.

But, most people are trusting and those same people might even argue that it’s our responsibility to trust our government, sort of like it’s taught that we should trust our parents, for example.

But, it’s NOT the same thing. We shouldn’t trust those in power – or, at minimum, we should be very cautious when we do.

In the real world, people usually seek power for personal gain. Parents don’t acquire their positions of authority over us out of greed. It’s out of…love? So, there is bred a real perversion from the way we’re taught as children to trust all authority.

The people in power usually get there by forcing their way there and their intent usually goes against the best interest of the masses.

HOTI75 07.02.07 at 8:45 am

This is quite surprising. I thought Mr. Paul doesn’t favor government control of our lives. If you want the government to take over the content on the internet and slow down innovation, then by all means, please support net neutrality regulations. I for one, would like to see expanded broadband access as well more internet choices. This is what we at the Hands Off the Internet Coalition stand for. I would hope you would too.

Mr. Charrington 07.02.07 at 8:55 am

It’s about regulating the ILECS NOT YOU.

Big Brother 07.08.07 at 6:20 pm

Yes, I think you have it backward. If you watch the video, you’ll see that Ron Paul thinks that the gov’t should NOT regulate the net.

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