by knowthenet, Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 11:32:42 AM EDT
We work with Hands off the Internet, a coalition dedicated to preventing government regulation of the Internet. Yes, Hands Off is affiliated with more than one telecom giant, but also with non-profit organizations like Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Black Chamber of Commerce.
This is no secret, but Matt treats it as if it were. If you looked at the profiles for the handles we used, which you can't do now as they have been unfortunately disabled (this is not true), you would have seen that we disclosed this information, and we often have in the comments as well. But go ahead and look at the profile for KnowtheNet, which we're using to post this diary. (If you want to show us good faith, use your actual name as a handle)
This community is very interested in the issue of "net neutrality" and, it seems to us, might be interested in an actual debate about the proposed legislation.
The Lamont information that we have posted is not a "lie" - it is a quote, from a MyDD interview. Lamont believes a tiered cable model makes sense if the market is there. His words, not ours.(The lie is that Lamont does not support net neutrality. He does. He's on record about it. And I asked him about it personally.)
Putting our names on the posts is an odd request. We identify ourselves very clearly as working for the Hands Off coalition. We think that is an appropriate level of disclosure. Many, many contributors to this site are completely anonymous. (I wouldn't demand it if you didn't continue to lie about the issues at hand.)
We respect this community and intend to add another voice to the discussion. (No, you don't respect this community. Respect is something you don't seem to understand.) We hope you will respect our right to participate. Barring us from sharing our opinion with your readers would not be very... neutral.
Now, because we do like to discuss substance, did you hear that Google and Sony Erickson just inked a deal making Google the only search provider on their new phone? This is a savvy business deal. Should the government intervene and stop it?
At the conference where this was discussed, an eBay lawyer said he'd "like to hear" Google explain. A Google attorney replied that "We're not sure the wireless world is quite the same. This may be where we part company with you guys."
It's worth pointing out Google's interest in neutral networks extends only so far as it applies to others. They'll cut deals to elbow out competitors while accusing the telecom industry of doing the same. It's the pot calling the kettle a pot.
Anyway, we'd like to hear what you think.