This pisses me off
Some Congressional asshat from Texas has introduced a bill designed to prevent local governments from setting up WiFi hotspots. It's supposedly "unfair competition," or some damn thing.
Small-government conservatives (before they became an endangered species) were routinely labeled "pro-business" in years past, when what they really were was simply "anti-regulation." Because of the tenor of the times, however, regulation in those days was more likely to try to rein in corporate excess than to protect corporate profits. Hence libertarians were often perceived as loving "big business."
How times have changed. Modern technology and a new political climate have resolved sharp differences between two different camps that had been papered over until recently. On the one hand, there are limited-government conservatives and libertarians who chafe at unnecessary government intrusion in the commercial sphere, regardless of whom it benefits. On the other side are "conservatives" like Congressman Sessions here, to whom corporate profit is more important than restraining government meddling. This latter group is sadly similar to the pernicious stereotype that many liberals have applied to all conservatives in the past.
Count me among the former group. The only problem is, I'm afraid there may be more of them than there are of us.
Fortunately, as with much congressional hi-tech stupidity, technology will likely render this bill moot even if it should become law. Haven't they ever heard of Starbuck's?
(Hat tip: Jill)