Most people do not know what Net Neutrality is, nor can they comprehend an internet where they can only access certain things depending on which provider they are customers of. This is a new issue that has not hit the mainstream, but is very important when it comes to protection of freedom of speech which does not involve providers picking and choosing what content will be allowed to be viewed by their customers. Why would they do this? Ultimately it comes down to, as many things do, money. For example, if some political group did not like DavidCarlsonPolitics.com (I can think of a few…) they could pay Comcast or some other ISP (Internet Service Provider) to slow down or not allow DavidCarlsonPolitics.com to show up on your browser. Therefore, the neutrality of the internet is essential for it to remain the free resource that it has always been. Here is a video that is on the front page of YouTube for most viewed videos today:
This brings up a whole other issue: as the internet becomes increasingly important in the everyday lives of people all across the world, would it not make sense that politicians be knowledgable about this issue? Of course, there is somewhat of a generation gap as most 70+ year olds don’t use or know much about the internet. Of course there are other important issues facing Americans, but should a presidential candidate really be completely ignorant about the internet and what net neutrality is?* That is a question that I think will gain influence in the coming years and decades.
Net neutrality is a little more complex than it seems at first. Ron Paul opposes it, and it is because government (under the bills that have been introduced in Congress) would have oversight and actually be able to act as a filter of the internet. This video is a little bland but the information is great:
This is just some things that should help you start thinking about what your views are on net neutrality, as well as what you personally think is the best way of going about it. Be it through government oversight as Barack Obama proposes, or be it through a private group who will be watchdogs. Either way, I think we can all agree that keeping the internet as open and unfiltered as possible is the best option.
*Jon McCain is ignorant of medical marijuana and its potential benefits, so its not surprising to see his ignorance on other issues.