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The tone for the latest round of debate about whether there should be an Open Internet was set, not by the latest round of speeches and statements by industry executives, nor even by the emphatic statements of self-righteous politicians at a Congressional hearing.
No, what’s happening now could be summed up in a thought from the author Thomas Pynchon, and his book, Gravity’s Rainbow. Scattered throughout the 800-some pages of the novel are five “Proverbs for Paranoids.” The one relevant to our discussion of the Open Internet is #3: “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.”
The wrong question is – how should the Internet be regulated? The right question is – how should the online rights of consumers be protected? Yet, it’s the wrong question on which the industry-fueled discussion has dwelled. This is not to say that even wrong questions don’t deserve answers.