Net Neutrality -- In the News And On the Edge, Or Not?
Is Net Neutrality now in danger, endangered by some of its former advocates? According to Scott Nichols of PC World and Dana Blankenhorn of ZDNet, no. But other might think so, based on a recent WSJ story where the lede misleads: Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web
According to Nichols,
The Wall Street Journal today posted an article claiming that Google, as well as other Net neutrality advocates, were abandoning or softening their views on Net neutrality. The Wall Street Journal specifically attacks Google's OpenEdge project as a means by which Google can have its own content given bandwidth priority over other web sites.
Nichols has a harsh assessment of the WSJ as a result:
It is a simple matter of a publication favoring fear mongering over actual news.
Ouch. And that's not all...
As Blankenhorn explains,
The lede is false, it’s the spin of the network owners who want us all to ignore their attempts to control what we do or say online in the name of their private profit.
So...why the brouhaha? Blankenhorn asks the same question -- and provides an insightful answer, too:
Why was this turned into an anti-network neutrality story? Probably because the Journal has long been banging the drum against neutrality, for ideological reasons and because big companies are big advertisers.
Edge caching is about access, not delivery. It’s about making it easier for people to reach you, not creating a tilted playing field. It’s about competition, not monopoly.
But this story holds an important lesson. Lies can get around the world long before the truth gets its shoes on. And when those lies are backed by the credibility of a major publisher, they remain long after the truth is told.
Such forms of "spin" and less-than-honest propaganda-whoring have been all too prevalent in our society of late -- especially over the last 8 years, while reality took a holiday from the news and information services only to find itself locked out (along with the rest of us) upon its attempted return.
Go read the full articles by Nichols (here) and Blankenhorn (a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=3193">here), and do your own write-up and post with links; spread the truth around. Let's make it difficult for the truth to be watered down and washed away, and do our part to bring more sanity and understanding to the world by starting here, online, with the topic of Net Neutrality.