As much as I hate to admit it, it seems a few of our Republican congressional leaders are “all in” on allowing large content providers to have privileged priority access on the Internet. Their goal for the 2015 congress is to thwart the President and his Mandate to the FCC on net neutrality. Can you imagine going to visit Yosemite National park and being told that the corporations that sponsor the park have taken all the campsites? Or a special lane on the Interstate dedicated exclusively for Walmart Trucks? Like our highway system and our National parks, the Internet is a resource shared by all Americans.
I think one of the criteria for being a politician is a certification that you flunked any class in college that involved critical or objective thinking, for example, this statement from Rep Marsha Blackburn
“Federal control of the internet will restrict our online freedom and leave Americans facing the same horrors that they have experienced with HealthCare.gov,”
She might as well compare the Internet to the Macy’s parade, it would make about as much sense; the Internet is a common shared utility similar to electricity and roads, and besides that, it was the Government that invented and funded most of the original Internet. The healthcare system is complex and flawed because it is a socialistic re-distribution of wealth, not even remotely similar to the Internet. The internet needs very simple regulation to prevent abuse, this is about the only thing the government is designed to do effectively. And then there is this stifle innovation argument…
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said he may seek legislation that would aim to undermine the “FCC’s net neutrality authority by shifting it to antitrust enforcers,” Politico wrote.
Calling any such net neutrality rules a drag on innovation and competition
Let me translate for him because he does not understand or want to understand the motivations of the lobbyist when they talk about stifling innovation. My Words: “Regulation, in the form of FCC imposed net neutrality, will stifle the ability of the larger access providers and content providers from creating a walled off garden, thus stifling their pending monopoly on the Internet.” There are many things where I wish the Government would keep their hands out of, but the Internet is not one of them. I must side with the FCC and the President on this one.
Update Jan 31st
Another win for Net Neutrality, the Canadian Government outlaws the practice of zero rating, which is simply a back door for a provider to give free content over rivals.