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 @ 10:58am

    Re: Politics

    Every time we reward a poly-tic for changing sides it only tells them that we are even greater suckers and to keep baiting and switching shit up to keep ahead of the game.


    Exactly. People say that "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds" but what they don't realize is that when they use this as a justification for a politician's flip-flopping, what they're doing is destroying the voters' ability to decide. If you can't trust politicians to keep their promises then how do you decide who to vote for? On what basis can you make your decision? Their personality?

    While they may flip-flop in your favor today, they can just as easily flip-flop against you on this, or some other, issue tomorrow. It's better to have a politician who is consistently opposed to your interests than to have one who is inconsistent. You at least know where the former stands and can vote against them on that basis. Consistency is important in politicians for this reason. Widespread inconsistency among politicians makes it impossible to know who to vote for (or against).

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