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 @ 8:13am

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

    "Netflix with an "in network" connection isn't getting an advantage over companies not in the same position?"

    Not an unfair advantage if they aren't being given preferential treatment by the ISPs that service their customers, no. By that standard, a person is getting preferential treatment if they happen to live near one of Google's datacentres but Bing's are the other side of the country/world.

    "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."

    It still violates net neutrality if preferential treatment is being given to one service over another, all else being equal, just as it would be violated if Google decided their ISP customers would only get full speeds on YouTube streams. Preferential treatment is preferential treatment, no matter the reason. That's why they should be regulated as common carriers.

    "your version of net neutrality seems to be that if the packets get there sooner or later, it's neutral. "

    You seem to be making what other people say up in your head again.

    Go on, re-read. I can't be bothered to repeat myself for such a deliberately dishonest person such as yourself. My actual points are quite clear.

    However, congratulations on at least pretending to address my points instead of whining and/or disappearing from the thread as you normally do. Perhaps soon, we can get you addressing the actual points in front of you rather than the convenient positions you try to attack with a glib contrarian post.

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