Net Neutrality classifies the Internet as a public utility, just as AT&T was classified as a public utility and sanctioned as a monopoly offering “universal service” from 1913 on. For 70 years, our telephone industry delivered almost no progress and almost no innovation, but we had Telephone Equality, not so different from Net Neutrality.
Net Neutrality allows for endless federal taxes and regulation, which stunt investment in growth and innovation. Net Neutrality preserves the interests of the Internet’s current controlling companies and allows anti-competitive practices, preventing new startups.
Net Neutrality is supported by the acting gate-keepers — Google, Facebook and Twitter. Google shows pirated YouTube music videos, controls google search to pick and choose what users see in news streams, favors its own products, and slows down the transmission of information from competitors to consumers. Facebook chooses what its newsfeed shows to consumers and freely shares personal consumer information with its political allies. All these companies not only collect personal information, but also censor information, content, and viewpoints.
ISPs like Comcast, Time-Warner, AT&T and Verizon may not be angels, but they are also not the villains. They should be forced to compete in a free market without government regulation, which increases the chance there’ll be new, lower cost ISPs in a decade. The Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals just ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the jurisdiction to intervene if a business practice is unfair or deceptive, even if a consumer isn’t “harmed”. This lighter guidance will result in more infrastructure and network investment. The success or failure of Chairman Pai’s current policy should be assessed by “the number of fixed and mobile connections, the average costs and speeds of internet plans, and the volume of capital investment”. Fiber optics may be replaced by satellite technology.
Anyone who was against SOPA and PIPA in the past should be against Net Neutrality, which gives the government more power to regulate, control, and impede the internet. Keep the internet free of strangling government regulation.