Network Neutrality Debate Descends Into Political Shoving Match
NEWS ANALYSIS: Who would you trust to protect your Internet access, politicians or Internet service providers? Or perhaps the best answer is "none of the above?"Every so often here in Washington, D.C., you get the overwhelming urge to wish a pox on the houses of both sides of an issue. The current debate on network neutrality is one of those issues. Politicians on both sides of the network neutrality debate are turning what should be a discussion on finding ways to further the interests of technology users into a political shoving match. For reasons that remain unclear, President Obama issued a statement shortly after leaving on a trip to Asia that attempted to pressure the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) into adopting Title II as a way to include Internet service providers (ISPs) in existing neutrality regulations. Title II refers to the Communications Act, which gives the FCC the power to regulate communications in the U.S. Title II was originally intended to make sure that telephone companies provided service to anyone in their coverage area. "We cannot allow Internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas," Obama said in a statement released by the White House. "That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality."
How should the FCC do this according to Obama's statement?