Net neutrality gets unlikely advocate

CNET:

The American Association of Retired Persons, better known as the AARP, may be more famous for its lobbying muscle on pension plans and Medicare, but now it’s taking up a new platform: keeping the Internet free and open for the age 50-plus set.

The 35 million member group is among a growing list of companies and organizations that signed a new letter Thursday urging senators to require Net neutrality principles by law. Also called network neutrality, it’s the idea that the companies that own the broadband pipes should not be able to configure their networks in a way that plays favorites–allowing them, for example, to transmit their own services at faster speeds, or to charge Net content and application companies a fee for similar fast delivery.

“We’re not traditionally someone who would be involved in technology legislation and things of that nature, but this has a direct impact on our members and their lifestyles,” said AARP spokesman Mark Kitchens.

This is a pretty big deal, because unlike other lobbying groups, the AARP actually has members that vote. Just another nail in the coffin of this stupid two tiered internet idea.

There. I resisted the temptation to make a snarky comment about old people using computers.

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