back to article US Ambassador: No, net neutrality will NOT allow the UN to seize control of the internet from us

US Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda has blown up hyperbolic claims that enforcing net neutrality rules in America could lead to the United Nations taking control of the internet. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, is strongly in favor of net …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    The new bogeyman

    So this replaces "fluoridation of water is a commie plot" with "net neutrality is a united nations plot" ?

    1. Gray

      Re: The new bogeyman

      There is also the thin edge of the wedge forcing its way into the private privilege of exclusive 100-year monopoly franchise agreements, and the prohibition against communities providing their own broadband access: the wedge being the concept of "social good". You know ... the socialist notion that led to universal postal service, and later the REA (rural electrification administration) ... obligations that said all the nation's communities were entitled to access; the notion that if a Corporation wishes to serve a lucrative populous area, they must also extend service to the rural outliers.

      Odd notion that, the thought that if all benefited, the nation as a whole would benefit.

    2. anonymousI

      Re: The new bogeyman

      "A UN plot" only in media campaigns supporting the major netops, which sound as if they could happily suggest that net neutrality will give you herpes and abduct your first-born.

  2. Mark 85

    No.... it just adds to the general paranoia. "I don't worry about someone out to get me, I know that everyone is." Well, this confirms it... they are.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Commie ghosts, trying to steal our rockets and fly to moon, so they can paint it pink and steal our internet!

  4. JassMan
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    Give the man a medal

    "There is a distinction between internet access and the content and services delivered over the internet, "

    At last, an official who knows something about technology. Maybe he even knows the difference between data and metadata. If only a few more politicos knew enough to stop "big business", NSA and GCHQ from trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Government Self-Interest

    It is completely within the interest of the intelligence agencies, and the rest of government, to see unfettered access to the internet, and to the content and services over it. Maximal access, lowest cost. For them. We're just beneficiaries at least until they come to take us away for one reason or another. Nice cheese in that trap, eh?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Government Self-Interest

      5eyes will have fast unfettered access no matter what the policy is.

      They have direct access to the backbone and network servers. Failing that they can steamroller the 'net companies for access with threats & subpoenas.

      So business as usual.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    List of things to come:

    What will most likely happen is a postponement of decision (wait for everyone to loose interest) &/or hybrid tier 2 (multi-priority 'net in the small print),

    What won't happen is a open, free Internet (too many vested interests) or a multi-priority Internet like Comcast wants (too politically hot).

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