NeoWin: In their second major ruling on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a federal court verdict that would have required cable companies to open up their networks to third party Internet service providers. The decision will severely limit broadband operations for competing ISPs such as Brand X and EarthLink.
“The Bush administration has made it clear that they are hostile toward small, independent service providers like us. And we think that is a big disaster for consumers, and a huge win for the monopolistic phone and cable companies, which spend millions of dollars on lobbying efforts,” said Jim Tickrell, president of Brand X Internet.
While I’m not disputing that this is a blow for consumers or that the Bush administration might be hostile towards… well… anyone these days, I wonder how is that a factor here at all?
The Supreme Court is independent of the President. In fact, one of the sole reasons why they exist is to piss off the President: they are the biggest check of the checks and balances system. There’s no way in hell that the Bush administration should be part of this conversation – and if they are influencing the court, there’s a bigger problem than cable systems in D.C. Besides… none of the sitting Justices were put there by Bush Jr. – I think two or three were from Clinton and the rest from Bush Sr. or dare I say one or two from Reagan?
I mean honestly: if you fight your own battle properly shut the hell up already.