There’s an ad in the right column that reads “Don’t Regulate the Internet.” This ad comes from the telecoms/internet service providers who want to be able to decide which websites – and blogs – they will let you see. I initially rejected the ad, until I was reminded that I complain when TV networks reject ads because they disagree with the viewpoint. So I decided to take ATT’s money — and let you know what they’re up to. I also linked to MoveOn’s campaign, and put up a free Save the Internet ad. Go visit them.
Matt Stoller writes about this,
This time it’s a negative hit piece, backed by a massive blogad campaign. The telcos, so you know, are spending millions of dollars a week on this fight. This ad is an example of it, repeating the lie that the government had no role in the internet’s success and that bloggers are a bunch of irresponsible rabble.
… The ad makes a couple of claims. One, that web site operators don’t pay for the internet. That is a lie. They pay massive sums of money for bandwidth, on the order of $10 billion last year alone. So does the public in tax subsidies for telecom companies, perhaps as high as $200 billion over the years (though it’s hard to tell with all the mergers and weird accounting). Yes, that you read that right. Two, they claim they have never degraded a web site or service. Of course, executives for these companies are on record discussing their plans to do precisely that. The telco sponsored legislation would strip the FCC from being able to deal with degraded service or blocked web sites. Three, the telecom companies claim that net neutrality means intrusive government regulation. This claim is a bit harder to unpack, but it’s worth following me here since what they are saying is in fact 180 degrees from the truth.
Go read the rest.