Uncle Sam – the incumbent, monopoly provider of federal government services and access to its Internet content – has violated its own Net Neutrality rule.
It’s blocking access to lawful content and service functionality (which we’ve paid for), as exemplified on these federal websites:
And, it’s apparently discriminating content it favors over others, as here:
This arbitrary and capricious hissy fit is exactly why we don’t want the government controlling the Internet – come next crisis, who knows which information gets blocked or doesn’t; or whose site gets favorable treatment over others. Instead of neutrality, access could all depend on which side of the fence you sit in relation to the current leadership. And that ain’t right.
The irony here is that the FCC’s Net Neutrality rule was based on zero market analysis and, at most, four specious incidents of content blocking. In other words, it was created to prevent imagined, not real, behaviors.
Since the idea of Net Neutrality was introduced almost a decade ago (even before it became law), trillions upon trillions of Internet communications have crossed private U.S. internet providers without a single formal Net Neutrality complaint / violation. We can’t say the same for poor old Uncle Sam – as we see above, he’s repeatedly violated his own rule.
Of course, the Net Neutrality rule is bogus. But, if it has to be on the books, all should comply with its proscriptions. Stated differently, if the industry has to do it, “essential” Uncle Sam should stop violating Net Neutrality, too!
Do as I say, not as I do is a crummy way to run a government. A great way of reducing this crumminess would be avoiding the creation of dubious rules in the first place.