Net "Neutrality": Google Says Nondiscrimination for Me, But Not for Thee
Surprise, surprise. So Google, perhaps the leading proponent of so-called "Net Neutrality," predictably doesn't consider itself constrained by the same rules of nondiscrimination from which it seeks to benefit via government intervention:
Progressives have long argued that the federal government must protect the Internet from discrimination by treating service providers like Comcast as public utilities. Now we learn that the Net doesn't have to be neutral, as long as Google is the company targeting legal businesses that are politically unpopular. Google recently announced in a blog post that the search engine would no longer run advertisements for payday loans with high interest rates and a 60-day repayment period. 'Ads for financial services are a particular area of vigilance given…[more]
Over the winter break, I finally got around to binge-watching "Parks and Recreation." In case you missed the show's seven-year run, it's about a fascistic small-town councilwoman who believes it's a politician's job to impose her notions of morality, safety and decency on everyone, no matter what voters want or what the system dictates. She is justifiably recalled by the people of her town after attempting to regulate portion sizes at fast-food restaurants but ends up running a federal office where she can do big things without the consent of the people.
Now, I realize that most of the…
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