You don’t have to look far to wonder why many in the conservative side of the tech-policy world think Tim Wu’s apotheosis to the FTC portends greater regulatory strictures on the Internet.
Over the weekend on Twitter, numerous pro-regulatory, Net Neutrality zealots tweeted their affection for “SuperWuster,” as can be witnesses in this sweet tweet:
@superwuster Happy Valentines day from the internet. Thanks for your hard work! Let’s work to make an open internet #netneutrality #athenism
Ya’ think they’re doing that because the father of “Net Neutrality” (whatever it means at this given moment) has changed his stripes?
If you do, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.
Problem is, of course, the SuperWuster is a regulator now instead of some Ivy-league theorist. And, like a general eager to use his / her new toys in battle, Wu’s probably itching to “advise” the agency “on rules for the Internet platform” to put his theories into action.
Though some groups – like Public Knowledge – pathologically insist Net Neutrality regulations are not about an “Internet takeover,” they protest too loudly. The Twitter posts – as in Egypt – tell the real story.