Thursday, September 30, 2010

Republicans vote to RAISE cable/internet fees to Americans. What a way to spend your tax cuts!!

Whose side are free market conservatives on? It’s not the people’s side. Our corporate republic isn’t much of a secret anymore. We lost control a while back, and with a little more help from “small government” conservatives, we’ll lock it in place forever.

When the public fights for an industry to make a profit from treating the sick and dying, or making money educating our kids, there is no turning back. Like this small unnoticed story below you’ll be complaining about in a year or two, but won’t remember how and when it happened, leaving Republicans off the hook for picking your pocket:

AP: House Democrats have shelved a last-ditch effort to broker a compromise between phone, cable and Internet companies on rules that would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or degrading online traffic flowing over their networks. House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman abandoned the effort in the face of Republican opposition to his proposed "network neutrality" rules.

Those rules were intended to prevent broadband providers from becoming online gatekeepers by playing favorites with traffic.

The communications companies also argue that after spending billions to upgrade
their networks for broadband, they need to be able earn a healthy return by offering premium services. Burdensome net neutrality rules, they say, would discourage future investments.

Now you know what to do with your tax cuts.
The free market will be anything but free to consumers.
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