Net Neutrality mania is sweeping the country, right? A tribute album in praise of dumb pipes is just around the corner? A million geek march to DC is coming soon? Not likely.
That doesn't mean it isn't a smoking hot issue in tech policy circles. It rightly is. But, Net Neutrality is just too darn complex and the potential problems too ethereal for the average net user to get hot and bothered about it. If people aren't going to get fired up about global warming because they don't see a negative impact today, than they aren't going to stay up late at night worried that their ISP may someday slow down their online bridge game.
Check out the graph below from the super cool, new "Google Trends" tool that analyzes search trends across the world. This analysis below only looks at the United States in 2006. It speaks a 1000 words and helps explain why some are pushing for legislation that bans Facebook and MySpace in libraries and schools but aren't grandstanding their net neutrality position to constituents (super net-savvy districts perhaps excluded). Perhaps this is a good thing and helps legislators focus on the merits of the pending proposals and not the political points scored from taking one side or the other.