FCC Needs Time for A Sanity Check on Network Neutrality
NEWS ANALYSIS: With the Federal Communications Commission scheduled to discuss net neutrality on May 15, special interests on all sides are clamoring for a chance to have their say.One of the few sensible things to come out of the public debate on net neutrality over the past few weeks that doesn't seem self-serving is Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel's suggestion that the commission put off further discussion of its Open Internet order for at least a month. Unfortunately, the whole discussion of what constitutes neutrality has become so distorted by the influx of sacred cows that it resembles a cattle feed lot, smell and all. On one hand, the companies that make up "big Internet" are calling for an end to any possibility that they be asked to help pay for the traffic they create. They pretend that they're doing all of this in the public interest, but a look at which companies are trying to avoid paying their way shows that they're the very ones that suck up most of the Internet bandwidth. On the other hand, there are individuals and groups that say that any change in how companies and users pay for the network infrastructure that makes up the Internet will bring doom, the collapse of the U.S. economy and, perhaps, the end of civilization and life as we know it.
The truth, I suspect, lies somewhere in between.