by Mike Masnick
Tue, Dec 21st 2010 4:38am
For years, we've been pointing out that while the concept of net neutrality is important, any attempt by the government to put it into law would inevitably involve lobbyists twisting it to be quite favorable to the telcos and others. So, really, it should come as no surprise that the FCC is planning to approve a "net neutrality" plan that was heavily influenced by AT&T and from which long term supporters of "net neutrality" rules are distancing themselves. In other words, pretty much exactly what many folks had warned early on. We shouldn't confuse the concept of the end-to-end principle of the internet with the need for laws that start to regulate parts of the internet, because we've seen time and time again how the telco lobbyists will shape anything along those lines to their own advantage, and it appears this was no exception.
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