Net neutrality

I have been hearing a lot about “net neutrality” recently. I understand the federal court are getting involved.

John McEnroe, Jr. is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player often rated among the greatest tennis players of all time, especially for his touch on the volley. He was well-known for screaming at officials for calls at the net. He came to Lincoln recently to play a charity match. That got me thinking.

Do you know of any good reason the federal courts, through this “net neutrality” litigation, should now be overseeing tennis?

Just more federal judicial overreach if you ask me!

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RGK

10 responses

  1. The ‘Net is our version of Democracy Wall. The danger is that the owners (Comcast, AT&T) can ban speech they don’t like “just because” by starving the speaker of bandwidth. Don’t like criticism of the government? The judiciary? Turn off the critics’ microphones.

    But then again, if you’re the one who owns the microphone, maybe you think that that is a good thing.

  2. If only net neutrality would have kept in check John McEnroe’s big mouth. If only…

  3. Judge,

    I hate to admit this, but I haven’t followed this issue. I have heard the term “net neutrality” and the controversy over federal legislation. What’s the pro and con. Maybe someone can give a quick explanation.

  4. Anon.,

    Please, please, no serious discussion is warranted by my post. I was drinking heavily when I wrote it, or so it now seems.

    All the best.

    RGK

  5. But what makes a net neutral. On the one hand, a net is always neutral as it does not know who the tennis (or volleyball or badminton or ping pong) player is who struck the ball and whether the ball will go over the net depends upon factors like the exact location that the ball struck the net, how the net is set up, and the velocity and trajectory of the ball when it struck the net. Others, however, would define neutrality as requiring that the net be set up in such a way that it does not favor or disfavor certain styles of play. (The law of physics almost certainly prevent it from being neutral for all different styles of play, but probably permit setting up the net to make — in a general sense — certain types of shots 50-50 propositions.)

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