Why I Don’t(Totally) Support Ron Paul

I’ll make this short, but still bittersweet. He is against Net Neutrality. Period. And looking through his eyes, its not hard to understand why he feels this way. The position proposed by the EFF(Electronic Frontier Foundation) is a simple one, but does call for larger government, something against traditional conservative and libertarian values. It is also an infringement on free trade, but that is a lesser issue than the aforementioned.

In a somewhat joking post I have already stated my position on Net Neutrality. I stand by that position, as I believe that position will carry the network neutrality position even though it seems to favor the tel-co(telecommunication) industry. However, since I do support the net neutrality viewpoint, I still have a link on my blogroll to the right.

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Why I Don’t Really Support Net-Neutrality

Here’s the most boiled-down reason.

If cable companies control the data on their ‘pipes’, they lose Common Carrier status. If they lose Common carrier status, they are responsible for what gets posted on the internet. If they are responsible for what gets posted on the internet, they are legally responsible for ALL content(think bestiality and pedophilia) online. If they are legally responsible for all posted material online, they will get sued and sanctioned into the ground. If they get sued and sanctioned into the ground, they will go out of business. If they go out of business, all the ‘pipes’ are sold for dirt-cheap. If all the ‘pipes’ are sold for dirt-cheap, TONS of new companies will arise.

If TONS of new companies arise, content is cheap/free.

If content is cheap/free, net-neutrality will once again live on.

See?
In the words of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, thats logic.