Yesterday, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced legislation that will forbid the Federal Communications Commission from doing its job by regulating the structure of Internet communications to Congress. The bill is aimed at preventing efforts by the FCC to preserve network neutrality, the classic state of structural equality that enabled the Internet to thrive.
Big media corporations want network neutrality to go away so that they can divide the Internet into a fast lane and a slow lane. The fast lane would be for corporations and wealthy Americans. Their web sites would zoom. The slow lane would be for the rest of us. Our web sites, on a lower-tier Internet, would creep.
Guess which industry that has given the most money to Marsha Blackburn’s re-election campaign for 2010: Yes, it’s big media corporations – and telephone companies are close behind, with thousands of dollars of political action committee money into Blackburn’s account.