Net Neutrality and the Idea of America

Tim Wu in The New Yorker analogizes the battle over Net Neutrality and keeping the Internet open to the closing of the American western frontier; that the Internet today is a sort of cyber-frontier where people live or die by their wits, talents, and energy, just as their predecessors did while settling the great American West.  And when that physical western frontier closed, as described by the brilliant historian Frederick Jackson Turner, American democracy, innovation, character, and energy was diminished. Now, asks Wu, will we keep the Internet a level playing field open to all, or will we let it be controlled by a few large corporations who pay for priority, and thus are able to exclude or handicap others?  And will America be impacted negatively, as it was when the western frontier closed? In many ways, as Wu notes, this is a battle for a vision of America’s future. A brilliant analysis that rang very true.