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PFF's Thierer debunks net neutrality as "First Amendment"

Kudos to Adam Thierer of PFF for his outstanding post which brilliantly deconstructs the fatal flaws in SavetheInternet's (and others) characterization of Net Neutrality as the "First Amendment of the Internet" to protect freedom of speech. 

The whole post is an excellent and illuminating read; I strongly recommend it. Here's the gist of why I liked it so much:

  • "Indeed, when Net neutrality supporters like the “Save the Internet Coalition” make statements like “Network neutrality is the Internet’s First Amendment,” I sometimes wonder if they are reading the same Constitution that I am. After all, the language of the First Amendment could not be more clear when it says, “Congress shall make no law…” It doesn’t contain any caveats or footnotes. And the First Amendment most certainly was not intended as a tool for government to control the editorial discretion of private individuals or institutions. It was about restricting the power of the government to curtail speech and expression."

Adam does a great job of showing how this argument in favor of net neutrality runs counter to any plain reading of the U.S. Constitution.