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My comment on CNET's good piece: "Ten things that finally killed Net Neutrality"
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-09-07 10:31
CNET's respected Declan McCullagh produced a sound and fair analysis of what ails net neutrality, which I recommend as a good read on the state of play on the issue. Below is the comment I posted on his piece.
- "Well done Declan. You've produced a sound and fair analysis of why net neutrality has failed to gain traction.
- My only significant quibble is that I would have made more of a point that clearly the issue is not grass roots, but a well orchestrated campaign by Moveon.org and its functional affilliates Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America foundation -- and its lead corporate sponsor/ally -- Google.
- They have obviously made a political campaign decision to go "dormant" on net neutrality as Mr. Brodsky suggested.
- When the Moveon.org crowd decides to re-unleash their dogs on the issue it will burst back onto the scenes again.
- My most important takeaway on all this is that this net neutrality "dormancy" exposes this issue for what it is: a manufactured bogus policy issue pushed into the forefront by very sophisticated political/policy operatives -- there is zero grass roots groundswell for net neutrality here -- only millions of Moveon.org email-list puppets on a string... and an apparently insatiable appetite for corporate welfare by Google..."