How The New FCC Views Internet Freedom As Conditional Entitlements

from the entitlement,-not-freedom dept

There isn't much more to say on this subject beyond how David Isenberg compares and contrasts how Kevin Martin's FCC's four new "principles" subtly change and undercut former FCC chair Michael Powell's view of four internet freedoms. All of the freedoms are changed from freedoms to "entitlements to consumers." That might not sound like much, but entitlements can be taken away -- and by classifying the recipients of these entitlements as consumers it reinforces the idea of the internet as a broadcast mechanism where we all consume, rather than participate. Also, whereas Powell's freedoms were absolute, Martin starts adding in the caveats about how law enforcements' rights trumps everyone else's and how network providers have more rights than "consumers." It's not exactly a good start -- and certainly makes it seem like Martin is more focused on politics than what's best for technology and communications.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
Advertisement
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Support Techdirt - Get Great Stuff!

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.