Of course, these provisions do nothing of the sort. Network neutrality rules are explicitly designed to prevent anything like Internet censorship or control -- they prohibit providers from being able who gets to "determine who gets to say what, where, how often," in Limbaugh's words. [...] Needless to say, there is nothing in the provisions that would allow the government to censor or control Internet access.
These complaints about network neutrality are almost completely divorced from the reality of the new provisions...
Conservative pundits and politicians have been telling us for years that WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. They've just added a fourth slogan to the list:
NEUTRALITY IS CONTROL
American Prospect's Jamelle Bouie explains this up-is-down reality reversal as reflexive anti-liberalism:
If liberals like something, then conservatives will find a reason to hate it, even when the rationale is absurd. In this case, conservatives should want to maintain a free and open internet, but since both are associated with liberals, they don't. The same goes for the new START or the 9/11 responders bill. Neither measure was controversial, but the mere fact of liberal support guaranteed conservative opposition.