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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 12:26 pm


Was there ever really a doubt? But now we know.

I had to stop and think for a minute when I found myself rooting for government regulation of the internet -- but then I realized that what I'm rooting for is not regulation of content but regulation of how the content is delivered: the interface between the content and the real world. We have to regulate the latter so it doesn't squash the freedom of the former.

So, what's the next step? Can Congress authorize the FCC to regulate the delivery of internet services, the same way it regulates telephone and radio? On what grounds does it make sense to say that the FCC can regulate non-broadcast digital media like cable TV, but not the internet? Is there any chance at all that any changes which actually get made will be based on something sane and reasonable?

Probably not while government operates the way it currently does... which is why I need to get back to work on InstaGov, if circumstances will ever allow it.