Congressman Who Was Against Protecting Net Neutrality Flips Sides After Realizing The Harm Broadband Giants Can Cause

from the nice-to-see dept

Over the last few weeks we've seen a number of politicians come out on one side or another concerning the FCC's net neutrality plans, but most of them were pretty much expected. It actually was nice to see some net neutrality supporters be quite explicit in their support for Title II reclassification (like Senator Chuck Schumer), but beyond that there weren't too many surprises. That's why it was actually great to see Rep. Gary Peters, who is currently running for the Senate in Michigan, come out in favor of net neutrality, warning of the harm that could be caused by the fast lanes and slow lanes as allowed by the current FCC proposal.
"If large corporations can pay more for faster service for their content, this effectively creates a 'slow lane' for everyone else."
This is notable, because four years ago, Peters was actually one of the group of Representatives who actively opposed strong net neutrality rules by the FCC. It appears that four years later he's changed his mind. In his new statement, he makes it clear that he now realizes how many entrepreneurs and innovators rely on an open internet:
"Startups and small businesses are the engines of job creation and economic growth in Michigan, and they rely on open access to the Internet to stay competitive. I have serious concerns that allowing large, established corporations to purchase faster services puts these startups and small businesses at a disadvantage and stifles innovation."
That's a far cry from the letter Peters signed four years ago, which was entirely focused on the question of how these rules might upset the big broadband access providers. It's good to see Peters has realized that the future is in innovative startups, not in protecting big cable and telco oligopolies.

Filed Under: gary peters, innovation, michigan, net neutrality, reclassification, switching sides, title ii


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    PaulT (profile), 17 Jul 2014 @ 2:58am

    Re: Re: Re: what is net neutrality really?

    "you just show ignorance by answering.

    charging customers more for equal access to other content"

    Hilarious, given that you were too ignorant to pick up the actual point I made. Yet again. Try reading the actual points, before you disappear up your own arse with a smug screed that doesn't address a damn thing. Well, at least some of the facts you're basing things on aren't complete fiction like some of the idiocy you spew here.

    Thanks for addressing a point I wasn't making with the rest of your rant though.

    The point is: it's not the ISP making these decisions. The end consumer gets their traffic treated the same. Netflix having a better connection than competitors due to its own infrastructure decisions is no less fair than Google having faster transaction processing due to having its own massive server farms or Amazon having distributed databases rather than its competitors' centralised processing.

    But, Comcast is not treating the packets of consumers or competitors differently because it wants to favour one competitor over another. The ISP isn't charging more for access, but Netflix's customer might be asked to pay more (assuming its business model was designed without taking infrastructure expansion into account) - and nobody has a problem with that. THAT is the point you deliberately ignore - presumably because it would mean agreeing with someone here for once instead of being a contrarian ass in every thread.

    Now, are you going to address the actual point, or are you going to act smug about answering the wrong question and ignoring the actual points like you usually do?

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