Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Would net neutrality violate "corporate" free speech?


Randolph J. May has an op-ed on p A15 of the Dec. 15 Washington Times, “Voiding the Constitution: FCC Rules Could Counter Freedom of Speech”, link here.

The argument more or less makes ISP’s into virtual people and asserts their First Amendment rights to discriminate, in various “innocent” hypothetical situations (content involving gay marriage, etc). But ISP’s are not content producers or publishers; they are more like utilities or perhaps distributors. (Okay, you could say that a motion picture distributor is engaging in speech in practice.)

But this is one more piece on the “con side” of the network neutrality debate.

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