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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
It saddens me, and almost surprises me, that this issue has become so polarized along party lines.
This tweet from Republican senator Ted Cruz is utter nonsense:
“Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet
should not operate at the speed of government.
That’s just word soup. The only similarity to the Affordable Care Act is that Obama supports it. There may well be a rational, reasoned argument against Net Neutrality, but Republicans aren’t making it, and neither are the cable companies or cellular providers. Be wary of the side that can’t express their argument in clear, plain, unambiguous language.
★ Monday, 10 November 2014