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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    Ninja (profile), 17 Jul 2014 @ 12:06pm

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

    For God sake man, are you that stupid? Google is just putting the servers near their customers GEOGRAPHICALLY. They will provide better connection because they are CLOSER not because they paid.

    And this peering on transit has NOTHING to do with adding a fast lane in the ISP. The ISP does not and must not treat the packets differently. Since Google uses huge amounts of data they try to distribute and configure the network to SAVE money AND resources both for them and for, say, Level 3. This has NOTHING to do with net neutrality, it's NOT in the ISP level.

    But Netflix and other streaming services shift that entirely and have done so in a manner that nobody could respond quickly enough to.

    This does not mean the ISPs should start treating a select few differently. This means they need to upgrade their networks or sell lower speeds.

    What do you suggest? Should the ISPs all just give up?

    No, they should keep investing even if it's going to take time. They should NOT treat packets differently based on who pays more.

    This is getting annoying, you simply refuse to read what people are saying. Even if all your perceived problems exist (they don't) the issue at hand is that no service should receive any priority. This is net neutrality. It's valid if you have a congested network or not.

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