Giving the internet to the highest bidder

According to the video on net neutrality, phone companies want owner ship[governance] of the net because they put in the infrastructure to  access the internet. They want to be paid twice- for something they promised to do years ago[putting in the fiber optics, which they are just now getting to] and to be the exclusive gateway to the net. Giving them such control would mean that they would also have control over anything that gets put on it, and they would also have control over any copyrights. Ha, if that’s their reason to own the internet, then they have a few entities to get past that also have a claim to the internet:

1. The government, why? because in WWII, the governments of a few countries had a network of small machines that were connected to each other, sharing information of secrets and breaking codes. Also many parts to the computer where made at this time too:

Sage was conceived as an answer to the Soviet atomic fleet and it brought us everything today’s computer users have come to love: from the monitor to networking to mass storage

So that means that the government could lay claim to the internet because it made the monitor on which you see the internet, the ability for computers to talk, as well as the ability for the site you access to be a server that holds information on almost anything. The phone companies want the keys to the door, when it was the government that built the door in the first place.

Speaking of keys, this leads me to another entity that wanted control of the internet, but for a weak reason: the UN. Why did they want control? because the internet reaches all over the globe touching any country that has access. Part of the problem here is that the UN wants to govern the internet and what is published on it, without having done anything to gain it-they did not invent it but they want to control it. Another part of the problem? It gives despotic countries such as China, Cuba and Iran, control over the internet worldwide. The worry is that repressive governments such as these will put a foot down on the creativity of the internet, thereby squashing a tenet of the internet.

Cuba, Iran, China–rank among the world’s most repressive. The worry: If those governments have their way, the current, virtually limitless amount of free expression on the Internet may come to an end. The Paris-based advocacy group Reporters Without Borders last week called those reform proposals alarming and asked: “Do we really want the countries that censor the Internet and jail cyberdissidents to be in charge of the online flow of information?”

If allowed to, the phone companies would essentially do the same thing, but with a different method: by having exclusive[and highly expensive] access to the internet then only those who can afford to get on the internet will create for the internet. Which in time will dilute the overall creativity of the net, as you can only squeeze so much from a stone.


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