Does the ACLU have cable Internet access?
July 11, 2002 4:13 AM
has some opinions and discussion
over the ACLU's 'warning
that free speech and innovation may fall to the likes of AOL Time Warner and Comcast if they continue to dominate broadband internet access.' Which is plain ridiculous, especially if you look at the failed AT&T deal
and how convoluted the industry really is
. IMHO, AOL hasn't done nearly a good enough job getting broadband into mass market (which is helping kill the stock price). You have to crawl before you can walk/limit-free-speech.
The thing I really don't understand, is how AOL providing a communications vehicle would limit free speech. They'd have to filter all packets, and only allow those that they agree with to continue on to their destination. ArsTechnica makes a similar point, and does it more succinctly, so go check it out.