The Struggle for Net Neutrality - by Stephen Lendman
During his 2008 campaign, Barack Obama promised to "Support the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet."
Perhaps not given a worse record than his fiercest critics feared, worse than George Bush, across the board on both domestic and foreign policies, including:
-- failing to deliver promised change;
-- being the standard bearer for the corrupted political/business elite;
-- governing like a crime boss in league with Wall Street;
-- disdaining democratic rights, freedoms, and the rule of law;
-- betraying working Americans;
-- proposing social services cuts instead of increasing them when they're most needed;
-- denying budget-strapped states vitally needed aid;
-- ignoring growing poverty, hunger, homelessness and despair;
-- expanding militarism, imperial wars, and state-sponsored terrorism;
-- violating human rights and civil liberties; and
-- providing open-ended banker bailouts, an array of pro-business measures, and the greatest ever amounts of military spending at a time America has no enemies.
Will Net Neutrality fare better? As the last frontier of press freedom, it gives consumers access to any equipment, content, application and service, free from corporate control. Public interest groups want it preserved. Giant telecom and cable companies want control to:
-- establish toll roads, or premium lanes;