A rumored pact between Google and Verizon — one of Northeast Ohio’s top wireless providers — has the nation abuzz about net neutrality, the informal doctrine that everybody deserves the same speedy (or not so speedy) access to the information superhighway. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has taken a pro-net-neutrality stance, saying it’s vital for both consumers and entrepreneurs. Scene’s official stance remains undisclosed, given that we have yet to receive bribes from either side.
It’s old news to local politicians. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Planet Zarkon 5) featured the policy in his failed 2008 presidential campaign, declaring in a video question-and-answer session, “I support net neutrality … We must make sure the internet is protected from domination by any particular interest group.”
Republicans, including House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, have formally opposed neutrality, claiming it could discourage companies from investing gazillions of dollars in networks that could adequately handle perhaps 200 iPhones at one time.
Other opponents equate net neutrality with digital socialism, while advocates see it as central to 21st-century democracy and equality.
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D, OH-11) was among 72 Democrats to speak up in favor of proposed FCC regulations to make it a formal policy. “This is particularly important for low-income and elderly families and those with disabilities,” she noted in April.
All three were unavailable for fresh comments about whether Flash graphics are a pain in the ass. — D.X. Ferris
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