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My Goal Is To Deny Yours
Grand Rapids, MI

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The problems can't be blamed on one group here

Ok, so I am reading over this list and am ready to make my analysis.

Access: Every home and business in America must have access to a high-speed, world class communications infrastructure.
Choice: Every consumer must enjoy real competition in online content as well as among high-speed Internet providers to achieve lower prices and higher speeds.

Problem: Capitalism. Corporations won't run cable down some roads right now without knowing they will make a profit on it. ISPs won't provide service to an area unless they know they will get a number of subscribers. Telling companies to take a loss and to spend billions more to give everyone high speed internet isn't the solution. My bet is a wireless ISP of some kind will spring up to fix this problem.
Openness: Every Internet user should have the right to freedom of speech and commerce online in an open market without gatekeepers or discrimination.
Innovation: The Internet should continue to create good jobs, foster entrepreneurship, spread new ideas and serve as a leading engine of economic growth.

Problem: People. I know, its hard to blame society as a whole here, but there are people out there today that believe in certain things. Whats worse, those people who feel so strongly about their beliefs that they believe that certain things should be censored. Language, pornography, violent video games, religion, and so on. Internet sites cave into these demands at times. Whats the solution? More tolerant people or more hard assed site owners.

IMHO, corruption doesn't even factor into the problems that were described.
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If market capitalism isn't going to get the job done then maybe pure market capitalist approaches should be supplemented by additional approaches that can fill in the gaps left. In fact all western societies have generally taken this pragmatic approach.

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"Whats the solution? More tolerant people or more hard assed site owners."

Well we aren't going to make the intolerant more tolerant. Their minds, combined with their life experience, means their brains aren't wired that way.
Having hard assed site owners isn't a solution because we are all increasingly dependent on a few companies to provide our connectivity. A site owner can be as hard assed as he wants. If a small number of companies controls everyone's connectivity then he doesn't have jack to say about whether his site is cut off(or more likely slowed down or subverted in more subtle ways that allow deniability). This is an area where lack of competition and concentration of control works to make it much easier to censor.

"corruption doesn't even factor into the problems that were described."

Corruption plays a big part in the fact that the government has engaged in policies that have allowed market concentration, deregulated this concentrated power, and willfully subverted the pragmatic approach in favor of blind pursuit of purist market ideology. Certainly some of this problem is because some of these people are really true believers in their purist ideology but much of it is also because of the financial incentives and pressures that corporate lobbying brings to bear, which I think is rightly described as corruption.