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 @ 7:29am

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

    I also know that the argument is about what happens at the consumer end, not what happens in the process behind the scenes.

    you almost got the point, but just missed it. The fact is what happens behind the scenes decides which services are fast for you, and which are slow. Those choices clearly mean that even at best, the net is never truly neutral.

    The fact that Netflix currently has servers installed in datacentres to improve their speeds and reduce bandwidth bills does not violate net neutrality.

    Really? you don't think? Netflix with an "in network" connection isn't getting an advantage over companies not in the same position? Who decides who is in the ISP data centers and who isn't? Is that neutral?

    If they were to decide that Google need to get better speeds than Bing because they've paid more, that violates it.

    What happens if it's not monetary to the ISP, but google GIVING the improved connection because they make more money doing it that way. Google with a direct 100 gig connection to your ISP's backbone is going t automatically be a better service than say Bing coming through regular peering. Has Google "bought" a better position?

    "try actually reading and understanding the real argument you're responding to before you respond to it. "

    your version of net neutrality seems to be that if the packets get there sooner or later, it's neutral. But in selecting who has a higher speed or dedicated connection (or accepting them for free) and deciding who to refuse or send through their regular peering, have they not violated the concept of net neutrality, which is all traffic should be the same, not given any preference or specifically better routing / service?

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