Note To Telcos: Please Get Better Shills
from the at-least-have-them-sound-a-little-more-thoughtful dept
Now, we have Sonia Arrison, who works for a think tank that is funded by telcos. Last month she was claiming that if net neutrality legislation came to be it would be the end of the internet, while then trotting out a freebie about how muni-WiFi would also destroy the internet (ignoring, of course, that almost every muni-WiFi effort nowadays is structured in an almost identical manner to the deals her telco funders got for copper and fiber rights of way -- and, in fact, that telcos have now started bidding on muni-WiFi contracts themselves). This time, however, she's flipped the argument we've made here around, saying that dishonesty from the likes of Google proves that net neutrality legislation isn't needed. There's just one problem: it's her side which seems to be acting much more dishonest. She calls it a "scare tactic" by Google to suggest that there would be a two-tiered internet where people might not be able to get to Google. She might want to go talk with the heads of the telcos that fund her think tank, because they've all made it clear that they would love to force Google to pay extra to reach their subscribers. She then claims: "If the loss of net neutrality principles was really a problem, advocates wouldn't need to scare Americans in order to win their support." Unfortunately, the same could be said for the telcos. After all, she was the very telco mouthpiece claiming that "the Internet, as we know it, will be over" if net neutrality legislation came to be. Yet, now she's against scare tactics? Sorry. The telcos really need to learn to hire better shills. Even as someone who supports their position that legislation may be premature, I'm embarrassed by the hired help they trot out who can't even sound halfway competent.