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August 21, 2014


Public Policy

Where We Stand on Net Neutrality

August 21, 2014

In April the FCC issued its draft of proposed rule making on new Open Internet rules to replace those struck down by the DC Circuit Court in January. Since then, the FCC has requested comments on those proposed rules so that all stakeholders – from network operators and content creators to entrepreneurs, intellectuals, and everyday users alike – could weigh in on the future of the Internet. Over a million comments were submitted. Ideas and opinions ranging from the sublime to the insane were shared with the FCC in order to contribute to this important conversation. Reply comments are now being submitted and then finally the FCC will draw up official rules.

Since the draft was issued, we’ve been working hard to encourage an enlightened and constructive discourse on the future of the most important communications technology since moveable print. We’ve shared how over-regulation would threaten innovation and broadband investment. We’ve revealed how Title II reclassification could lead to a permission-based Internet, replacing today’s vibrant digital marketplace. And we’ve shown how the principles of Net Neutrality can be protected without extreme changes to our existing regulatory framework.

Cable broadband providers are unequivocally committed to building and maintaining an open Internet experience. That means we support the original principles of Net Neutrality – that all legitimate Internet traffic should be treated equally when traveling over local networks, that ISPs should not pick favorites, and that consumers should have unfettered access to legal content of their choosing. Consumers value a free and open Internet experience, and we value their business. That’s why we’ve supported the FCC’s efforts to ensure consumers have basic protections — from the Four Freedoms first set forth in 2005, to the more recent Open Internet Order, which created actual rules in 2010. Again, cable companies did not appeal the 2010 order and we still support its principles today.

But in spite of these facts, some still insist that Title II is the only way to protect consumers from an unfair Internet. They suggest the FCC throw out 15 years of growth and success by reclassifying broadband as Title II common carrier and regulating the Internet as a public utility. But pursuing that course ignores an incredibly important reality – that the Internet has succeeded up until this point because it has been free to grow, innovate, and change largely free from government oversight.

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Today, the Internet does not depend on the political process for its growth. It does not require the FCC to approve of changes in technology or infrastructure. It does not wait through government holding periods before it makes available new products or services. And it does not suffer through extended droughts of public funding that plague so many of our public utilities today. Instead, the Internet lives, grows, and thrives based on the needs of millions of consumers that use it every day. It changes as fast as technology does. The only way we can ensure this remains true is to dismiss a common carrier solution.

Instead, we proposed in our comments a solution that follows the outline laid out by the DC Circuit Court that uses Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act. Section 706 empowers the Internet industry to continue to innovate without putting handcuffs on its most pioneering companies. And it offers strong consumer protections that guarantee enforceable open Internet rules and promotes competitive marketplaces.

Classifying the most technologically advanced communications network in human history as a common carrier is a terrible mistake. Broadband is an amazing tool. Rather than completely dismantling the rules that have allowed it to flourish, we should be finding new ways to encourage growth and support sustainable openness and neutrality.

  • Bankers Worst Fear

    Enjoyed your perspective thank you!

  • rgruenhaus

    No to corporation control. They own our government already!

  • william g munson

    they need to leave it alone because when our government gets into anything they mess it up!

    • lindsncal

      Not true. When big business controls it all..that’s when we all lose.
      Would you like your soc sec or medicare run by super rich corporations?

      • MrLogical

        Actually, yes.

        • Roger Levy

          Because insurance companies weren’t dropping people for getting sick or doing anything naughty and being perfectly objective market-driven agents!

      • http://energyindependence-rob.blogspot.com/ Honders

        “When big business controls it all..that’s when we all lose.”

        And lost we are compared to most countries, not just non-communist countries, in the world today.

        We rank last, 33rd of 33 in reading ability, 27th of 33 in Math, 22nd of 33 in science, even as we rank 9th of 43 in IQ. (reported in OECD’s Education at a Glance 2009) And the stats have gotten worse in the last few years.

        Big business likes it this way for then they can get the uncritical non thinkers and uneducated ‘MrLogicals’ in the country swallowing their ‘profit for the 1% will trickle down and make you rich…’ and repeating it unquestioned.

        I lived in Holland for a dozen years and read the Economist weekly which gives a more balanced world view than the failing US educational system.

        Big business corporations are now so in control of our government that it will be difficult to reverse the trend. Only by educating the masses to be more critically involved, questioning everything that corporations and their lobbyists try to pass off as law, will we return to a leadership position as a nation of the 99%. Government of the people, for the people, by the people, can still ring true as long as CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE.

        • lindsncal

          100% correct.
          Unfortunately people here do not get real news anymore and our media is this country’s biggest enemy.
          Conservatives and their corporations have destroyed all the respect we used to have from the world.

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            Why don’t you just move to one your fav socialist sh*t holes instead of trying to make the USA into one? Make everyone happy Che.

          • Roger Levy

            I would gladly move to the “hell-hole” that is Sweden, or Japan, if only I could.

  • MrLogical

    Any time the government gets involved in anything, the cost goes up, quality and performance go down, and efficiency & accountability go out the window. Leave the Net alone and keep the goverement out of the picture.

    • lindsncal

      Actually, you have that backwards. It’s when the ‘free market’ is used, monopolies are created that allow higher prices and less service and lower quality.
      We end up with 3 or 4 corporations owning the entire industry with no other choices.
      Governments in other countries are giving high speed, up to a hundred times faster than ours, away to all of their citizens for free while we already pay much much more for less.
      If corporations own them like they do here, they’ll simply charge more for high speed internet to those who can afford it.
      The corporations who own it all now don’t need to provide better service or quality. They spend all their money on advertising and buying up other related industries to keep their prices high.
      Regulations are the only thing that can stop monopolies otherwise we’ll end up with a ‘walmart’ type corporation that controls it all.
      Don’t fall for this corporate buy out which is what this is. Give me examples of any large corporation in this country that provides fair prices and wonderful service that people love.
      The internet has become a necessary utility in daily life and what large corporations are best at is taking advantage of that as much as they can…because you have no other choice.

      • MrLogical

        Try to sell that horse***t explanation to ANYONE who has lived in a Communist country.

        Hopefully, your stupidity won’t prove fatal but I wouldn’t bet against it.

        If you want to see what a government controlled internet would be like, just travel to Russia, China, Iran, Cuba or any of a dozen or so countries where Internet freedom is merely a dream. I’ve travelled extensively to China and Russia on business and can tell you that government control of anything ain’t pretty – or free.

        • lindsncal

          Who the hell is talking about communist countries???
          Look at Sweden or all the other developed countries.
          Your cry of communism is utterly ridiculous.

          • MrLogical

            Sweden is effed up too. I should know – I’m 1/2 Swedish.

          • lindsncal

            Hah…’I’m half Swedish’
            We should be doing half as well as Sweden. You don’t see homeless people in the streets. Their jails aren’t filled to capacity with drug users. They make twice the money that most americans make and have safety nets that do not allow them to live in poverty or corporations to become monopolies. They have less crime, teen pregnancies, abortion, stds, murder, etc.
            They’re a happier people than we are according to every study. They have better health care and for everybody..
            Even our founding fathers hated capitalism and warned us that it was the one thing, all the money ending up in the hands of a few, they were afraid of that would destroy the country. We now have the greatest wealth disparity in the developed world which is the no 1 reason nations fail. It causes social chaos, depression, illness, despondency, crime, suicides, murders, etc.
            I’m sorry, but you are the one without facts or even logic.

          • MrLogical

            And brimming with muzzies who threaten everything you describe. And check out the taxes they pay. I have two cousins whu just graduated Upsala Univerity and they are eager o escape the

          • lindsncal

            See the comment a few below here then walk outside stepping over all the homeless people..

          • lindsncal

            http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/06/01/happiest-countries-in-the-world/2377563/

            ‘The Better Life Index rates the 36 OECD countries in 11 areas that aim to cover every aspect of life, including income, education, health, work-life balance and life satisfaction.’

            The U S did not make the top ten list.

            4. Sweden
            > Life satisfaction score: 7.6 (tied for 3rd highest)
            > Self-reported good health: 80% (8th highest)
            > Employees working long hours: 1.2% (3rd lowest)
            > Disposable income: $26,242 (12th highest)
            > Life expectancy: 81.9 years

            According to the OECD, Sweden ranks as the top country among all nations measured in terms of protecting its environment. Swedes enjoy some of the highest quality air of any nation. Its water quality in 2012 also ranked among the highest for all countries. The nation’s residents also are among the healthiest of any nations measured. Nearly 80% of those surveyed in 2011 stated they were in good health, well above the 69% average for the OECD. Although Sweden received moderate ratings for income and jobs, it was one of Europe’s best nations for income equality, with one of the lowest Gini index scores of any country.
            The fact that you would like to see our soc sec handed over to wall st corporations, tells me all I need to know about you.

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            Ha ha ha. Sweden population 9 mil., NYC has a population of 8 mil. We have states larger than Sweden. USA has 320 billion people. Let me have what you’re smoking there. Not the same social issues or problems such as illegal aliens for one. Everyone is just flocking to Sweden.

          • James M. Lovrek

            Um, 320 billion? I’m not sure of the exact number, but I’m pretty sure there’s only about 7 billion people on the entire planet.

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            Yeah, my mistake US population is around 320 mil..

          • NHamigo

            320 BILLION people?? WTF planet are you
            on?? THERE ARE ABOUT 7 BILLION people on earth!

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            I retracted my comments moron. Three months ago
            Read further down . 320 million in the USA .

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            They have have 9 million people you twit. NYC has 8 mil., the USA 320 billion. Sweden doesn’t have illegal immigration either. The great industrial and military power house known as Sweden. Ha ha ha, great meatballs though.

          • NHamigo

            RE: Sweden-That’s because.except for a few Arab muslims. they are a homogenous white nation. They have a high suicide rate, but let that go.

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            Sweden??? Ha ha ha Sweden has a population of 9 million the US has a population close to 320 billion. NYC has a population of 8 million.They don’t have the social issues the USA has, Sweden doesn’t allow 1 million immigrants per year or all of the illegals who are on the dole. Sweden doesn’t have a military budget either gomer.

          • NHamigo

            uckfay ouyay rhapsody mofo…..

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            Feisigh do thoin fein

          • NHamigo

            Díul mó bhad, Paddy.

            I’m a mick too, and smarter than you-so f off and listen to U2 music…..

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            Smart? High opinion of yourself and I’m sure that I’m not alone if I wonder why. Get lost.

          • NHamigo

            dollars to donuts, you’re a NYC smart ass ki ke.

          • RhapsodyInBlue

            Wrong again.

        • Wayne Lodahl

          You conflate regulation of content with regulation of delivery. That’s the same faulty framing of the minority anti-neutrality camp. Invalid obfuscation of the issue.

          We already have govt. regulation of content.

      • MrLogical

        Yeah, people are sneaking into places like China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, N. Korea and other commie/socialist countries every day to live in those worker’s paradises.

        Are you really that stupid?

        • lindsncal

          Hah…you choose to look at communist countries which have nothing to do with what I said.
          Instead, look at all of Europe, Japan, Australia and even S Korea who has about a hundred times faster internet and much wider coverage for a third of the price we pay.
          Why is it the most stupid people are the first to call others stupid?

        • Roger Levy

          HEY FELLAS! That guy mentioned Communism! EEK!!!!

          • Wayne Lodahl

            That’s what Hitler would do. (Godwin already activated)

      • Johnno

        CAUTION (I agree with your principle) though we do NOT need to make any service or industry become ‘government’ to regulate it. It is time we let things be free and simply govern them as-is. Make sure we keep it clear it is ‘Our Public Airwaves’ and not ‘Our Common Carrier’. I was in trucking industry for years and know how government ‘took over’ like so many other things and ‘regulated it right into a mess, taking our rights away with it.’ Regulate the monopolies, the corporations, etc. THEY are the ones who are not humans but entities, they are already licensed to be such… licensed means regulated. Simply regulate them. Internet does not need to be licensed, that means it isn’t a right. It is a capability that is our right, just regulate in self-defense, whatever creates physical harm to us.

        • lindsncal

          “Regulate the monopolies, the corporations, etc” It is the monopolies.
          While other countries are making the internet public utilities to protect their people, you want to hand it over to corporations….which has always been a disaster.
          Your free enterprise is what cause monopolies. The ones with the most money win and control everything else…including the news we hear.
          It’s Comcast, Verizon and AT&T you want to self regulate the internet.
          There’s really too much in your comment that is so wrong.

    • screw you

      your blanket statement shows what a moron you are, there is no competition without government regulation of industry. Otherwise the biggest firm can just take losses undercuting prices until theyre the only firm left, like the cable industry has done in this company, no gov regulation, more lobbying money than the defense industry, and shockingly, no competition. Get out of your econ 101 bulls#it and grow up.

      • MrLogical

        Your infantile rant belies your lack of intelligence – if you seek government control, move to China, Russia, Iran, Cuba or any other commie country and see how much ‘competition’ exists.

        • Roger Levy

          MrLogical saves the day again with his trusty magical Red Scare Tactic!

  • screw you

    You are the worst thing happening, your industry needs regulation, comparing yourself in charts and graphs to the cable industry tells us exactly everything we need to know. I stand up against your call to have a right to screw customers over, the government needs to keep you from having a monopoly like the cable companies do that bend consumers over every day. Screw you a$$hats and screw this guy mrlogical commenting below. Real Competition only comes through government regulation of industry. Net Neutrality now!

  • Roger Levy

    If the big telecoms were so “fast” maybe they’d be boosting infrastructure to meet demand and deliver on their bandwidth promises. What’s the hold-up?

  • Wayne Lodahl

    A communications network should not be classified as a common carrier ??? Is telephone neutrality the next target?

  • Death to Cablevision

    You are the problem – posing as the group dedicated to innovation, competition and low prices? As if…. You are a front for Cablevision, AT&T, Verizon, TimeWarner – monopolies that want to stifle innovation, drive prices up for less service, and silence the small gadfly sites that shout the truth. Screw you.

  • vtaylor94903

    This whole website has been an education in double talk. Amazing how the destruction of the internet through preferential content delivery can be reframed as the fight for freedom and justice. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall of the conference room when all this s#%t was thought up. Every sentence probably began with, “OK, how about this…”
    The internet should absolutely be defined as a common carrier

  • TrippieHippie

    #NetNeutrality
    Can I invest in that?

  • Barry Ferguson

    “Cable broadband providers are unequivocally committed to building and maintaining an open Internet experience.”

    What an incredibly blatant lie. This is the most obvious corporate propaganda site I’ve ever seen. Did you hire a North Korean marketing firm for this site? Fuck you!

  • im neutral

    NEUTRALITY Defined: Common carriers (like the Phone Companies) cannot listen in on your phone calls and then charge you different rates depending on who you are talking to or what you are saying. Do we want the Cable Monopolies to be able to eavesdrop and charge us accordingly, or do we want Title II ? Easy answer for me.

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