Cable Lobbyist Says Net Neutrality Violates The First Amendment
from the how? dept
And now, a whole bunch of you have sent in the story about how a top cable industry lobbyist, Kyle McSlarrow, of the NCTA, is claiming that any net neutrality mandate would violate ISP's First Amendment rights. What he doesn't explain is how. And that's because he can't. He stacks a few different concepts on top of one another to argue that net neutrality could prevent cable companies from "delivering their traditional multichannel video programming services or new services that are separate and distinct from their Internet access service." Except, there's nothing in the suggested FCC mandates that would do that. And even if it did, it's still difficult to see how it would be a First Amendment violation.
There are tons of very good reasons why we might want to avoid mandating net neutrality through law. But arguing that it will be a First Amendment violation isn't one of them... and it makes me wonder why lobbyists fighting against the regulations keep bringing up such bad arguments.