Republicans did propose Net Neutrality rules, but they abdicated on the law. Noted unconstitutional communist leftist Antonin Scalia agreed and said it SHOULD BE a Title II service. But hey, fun hipster jokes.
The ISPs very deliberately conflate and abuse the "don't regulate the Internet" battle cry with a legislative agenda that serves their own ends but nobody else's. Of course we all want to make sure that content -- or as Mike puts it, the service level -- stays open and free from regulation. But that doesn't mean that the monopoly or near-monopoly ISPs should be "free" to discriminate against whomever they wish on their common carrier service. But that's the kind of freedom that Verizon was fighting for when it sued the FCC. It's right there in the brief for the court case decided in January. Verizon said: "broadband providers possess 'editorial discretion.' Just as a newspaper is entitled to decide which content to publish and where, broadband providers may feature some content over others."
You have your facts wrong. Canada didn't kick him off the team 'this time around." He bolted Canada for Australia when he was a teenager, in 2001, because the Canadian coaches didn't want him running a business whilst skiing.
Then he won a gold medal in 2006 for Australia.
Also, he seems to be sort of a tight-lipped jerk based on the "evidence" from interview snippets shown to us on TV and in the papers, AND he is definitely made fun of for his spamming. But I'll note that one could be a really jolly spammer that everyone loves, or a sourpuss that has no spamming past at all. In short, people definitely do critique him for both aspects of his personality and past, but his sour attitude is not necessarily linked to or dependent on his past endeavors.
Anyway, don't let the facts get in the way of your awesome opinion piece. It's not like you could have garnered almost all the facts you needed from wikipedia or something.
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