When I was a freshman in high school, I made a series of battle plans along with my older brother and his friends that detailed how we’d take out our entire school once we obtained guns and bombs.
This happened while huddled over my dining room table, and it was funny. We drew blueprints. We made maps. We organized lists of ammunition and inventory and all the different things we’d need to make our military raiding of our own school a success. We figured we’d all have cyanide pills to take ourselves out before we got arrested. We knew we had to take over the nurse’s office first – it’s where all the medical supplies were and it also had no windows, which made it a perfect place for our final showdown when we were inevitably backed in by police as we burned out in a blaze of glory in our bold last stand.
Any time you talk to anyone about something that they love, they’re, like, their most beautiful. It’s a cool gift to get to talk to people about what they love.
Franken makes his case that the FCC’s controversial plan could hinder future innovation and consumer choice by giving big incumbent companies a permanent competitive advantage over up-and-coming startups.
As an example, Franken points to the short-lived battle between YouTube and Google’s Google Video platform last decade. Under traditional network neutrality principles, neither YouTube nor Google Video were given preferential treatment and consumers were free to choose YouTube, which eventually won out as the superior platform and was bought by Google. However, under the FCC’s new proposal, there’s a danger that Google Video would have delivered its videos at a significantly faster speed than YouTube, which wouldn’t have been able to afford to pay for its own “fast lane.”
Because of this, Franken says he wants to rally the public to tell the FCC to scrap its plan.
“We cannot allow the FCC to implement a pay-to-play system that silences our voices and amplifies that of big corporate interests,” Franken says. “We have come to a crossroads. Now is the time to rise up and make our voices heard to preserve net neutrality. We paid for a free and open Internet. We can’t let it be taken away.”