Earlier today, President Obama came out in support of reclassifying internet providers as telecommunication services, a key step in allowing the FCC to regulate networks in order to "maintain" Net Neutrality:
The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone. I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online. The rules I am asking for are simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day, and that some ISPs already observe. These bright-line rules include:
- No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
- No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
- Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
- No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.
If carefully designed, these rules should not create any undue burden for ISPs, and can have clear, monitored exceptions for reasonable network management and for specialized services such as dedicated, mission-critical networks serving a hospital. But combined, these rules mean everything for preserving the Internet’s openness.
Unfortunately, while I'm for everything listed above, it does have the very unfortunate association of being supported by President Obama, which means it needs to immediately be dismissed as socialist propaganda that sympathizes with terrorists who want to give us all ebola that we'll all die from because Obamacare. Actual U.S. Senator Ted Cruz explains:
"Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
Mind you this was just a blind stab at Obama's support, it makes no sense, but it likely strikes the right chord with Cruz's donors, err...supporters. Eventually though Verizon and Comcast will fax over proper talking points and Cruz and the rest of the GOP will hone their message with FOX News until roughly half the country is inexplicably and illogically against Net Neutrality while simultaneously complaining about the consequences of not having Net Neutrality. That's the next two years for ya' so thanks a lot President Obama.