We've discussed for years how net neutrality debates all went sideways the second it became a "partisan" issue. In the early days of the debate, it was neither a Democratic or Republican issue, and there were some actually substantive conversations about the issue and what it meant, and what the consequences were. However, somewhere in the mid-2000s, suddenly it became Democrats "for" net neutrality and Republicans "against." It became a silly fight over "regulating the internet" and all reasoned discussion seemed to go out the window entirely. That's why net neutrality is basically a dead issue from the Congressional side of things. Congress simply isn't going to act because it's a partisan bloodbath, with each side screaming at the other with half-truths and misrepresentations about what's at stake. On the Republican side, you have claims
about "regulating the internet" and plans to block the FCC from doing its job. On the flip side, we've now got the Democratic proposal coming out to pass legislation that will ban fast lanes online
While the good intent may be there, the politics aren't. The bill isn't going anywhere. Introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui and powerful perennial underachiever
Senator Patrick Leahy, it will be seen as a Democratic bill, with no chance of passing the House in any meaningful way. Oh, and if this sounds familiar, we were here a few months ago
too. It's a nice nod
to the important issue, but as a bill it's just an acknowledgement of how powerless Congress is to actually do anything on this issue when the issue is still (ridiculously) considered a partisan issue, rather than one about how the future of the internet will play out.