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Burger King is now championing Net Neutrality

So Burger King is now championing Net Neutrality with a rather ridiculous Whopper Neutrality PSA. I wrote about it at Hot Air, and here’s an excerpt.

Burger King is completely missing the mark when it comes to criticizing no Net Neutrality. Proponents of Net Neutrality say the government needs to make sure there’ s a level playing field, because of huge corporations like Comcast, Charter, and AT&T. I’m no fan of humongous corporations, but giving heavy regulatory power to the government, which is already spying on innocent Americans through secret courts, seems quite hypocritical. There’s also the possibility big telecoms are the ones providing Internet because of franchise agreements made with local governments which slices and dices up cities for tech companies. The current system is sadly not quite “the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet and other interactive computer services, unfettered by Federal or State regulation,” as written in U.S. law. Alas, that’s something worth probing for another day.

There a certain irony Burger King’s decision to get involved in the Net Neutrality fight. FreedomWorks Director of Policy Patrick Hedger mentioned to me BK, “doesn’t sell Pepsi products, they have an exclusive deal with Coca-Cola. Not very neutral of them. How dare they block Pepsi’s market access on their infrastructure.”

The rest is here.