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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    Whatever (profile), 17 Jul 2014 @ 3:26am

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

    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.

    Yup, let's address the actual point, that you are wrong.

    it's not about building data centers, it's literally about rolling a fiber to the door of the ISP, and asking for a special private peering connection. This is something that Google and others have done in order to maximize their connections. Is this net neutrality to you?

    Is Google, running it's own fiber network, giving preference to it's own internal connections compared to others?

    it's not the ISP making these decisions. The end consumer gets their traffic treated the same.

    See, you need to learn more about peering. No matter what, not all traffic is the same even from the get go. If your ISP peers with Level3, and a popular site is also on level3, they will potentially be more easily reached, quicker, less lag, more speed... whatever... when compared to another who is on a peer that is not directly peering with your isp. They might have to route through an interchange to get onto the level 3 network, and then to your ISP.

    To bypass all of this, some companies have built out their own fiber to the major peering points in the US, and offer peering direct to the ISPs. Essentially, the netflix deal is pretty normal for the internet, they are paying for unbalanced traffic flow...

    Is any of this net neutrality? Can we have net neutrality when Google has the money to connect straight to your ISP, or is in fact their own ISP?

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