A draft of a bill scheduled to be voted on next week by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee would specify that the Federal Communications Commission would not have the oversight authority to enact "net neutrality" legislation that would require telco broadband service providers to treat all packets equally. That's Energy and Commerce Committee chair Rep. Joe Barton, (R-Tex.) pictured on, and looking off to, the right (as he is, and does, politically). But there are those who would beg to differ with Barton's views.
"This legislation begins the construction of a multi-layered, toll-strewn information superhighway that is out of sync with what has made the internet work – access for all, Wyden says. "The Internet Non Discrimination Act insures that the Internet will truly be free from discrimination and I plan to continue to fight for that principle.”
Now some people will see Sen. Wyden's statements as a shot across the bow of a free market. But when markets conspire to fee the living devil out of cusotmers, they shouldn't be free to do so.