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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Net Neutrality takes a hit

The Bu$hCo Department of Justice-- recently in the news for having its top kid resign amid evidence of corruption and incompetence, allegations of manipulating federal elections, illegal hiring practices, and appointment of unqualified partisan operatives to influential positions-- is in the news again. And it involves injustice again.

The Justice Department on Thursday said Internet service providers should be allowed to charge a fee for priority Web traffic.

The agency told the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing high-speed Internet practices, that it is opposed to "Net neutrality," the principle that all Internet sites should be equally accessible to any Web user.

Several phone and cable companies, such as AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp., have previously said they want the option to charge some users more money for loading certain content or Web sites faster than others.

Thanks to Black Whirlwind-- "the man whose news always blows"-- for making the day in news even worse. And if anyone had told me in 2000 that my fellow Missourian John Ashcroft would actually emerge as the hero of this administration's transformation of the Justice Department into an American Stasi, I would've laughed my ass off. After all, I was the one trying to convince people that this would be the most reactionary, corrupt and incompetent administration in memory. My own naivete was breathtaking.