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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Jul 2014 @ 9:15am

    Re: Re: Someone's bucking for a 'donation' or two...

    and I am still waiting for the shills to address this (I am looking at you specifically, Whatever). You come over here claiming "oh, these protests are only by a very small vocal minority and the majority is fine with the laws". Of course this ignores opinion polls to the contrary (saying that people are generally dissatisfied with the government) but, more to the point, how does this explain the flip-flopping politicians. Politicians seem to hold one position when running for office and, upon being elected, they flip sides to something completely different. If the laws are really what the people want then why is it politicians very often seem to flip sides after getting elected? I don't recall ever seeing a politician running for office (and winning) under the pretext that they will expand copy'right' lengths and expand IP laws and enforcement. The most obvious reason for this is that they know this is the fastest way to lose an election because this is not what their constituents want. Yet when they get elected they end up doing stuff that they never advertised when they run for office or they do the exact opposite of what they advertised. and when running again they once again flip-flop. Why? How is this consistent with your view that politicians are passing laws based on what the people want?

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