Mozilla Poll Again Shows Net Neutrality Has Broad, Bipartisan Support

from the not-really-that-divided-after-all dept

So we've noted for a long time that while net neutrality is framed as a "partisan" issue, it really isn't. Data has consistently shown overwhelming, bipartisan public support for the concept and the rules, in large part because of the way most people have been treated by marginally-competitive TV or broadband providers. But to help sow dissent among the public, large ISP lobbyists (and the lawmakers paid to love them) have been immensely successful in framing this as a hotly contested subject, usually by portraying the effort, incorrectly, as a "government takeover of the internet."

A new survey from Mozilla and IPSOS once again highlights this cap between reality and common media and policy wisdom. The survey found, unsurprisingly, that over three quarters of Americans (76%) support net neutrality. When it comes to the supposed "partisan division," the survey also found that 81% of Democrats and 73% of Republicans are in favor of it:

So again, this narrative that countless, angry Americans see net neutrality as "Obamacare for the internet" or "incredible government over-reach" tends to be the pervasive wisdom you'll see in the press and in most ISP policy rhetoric, but it's simply not accurate. Most people, across parties, realize the importance of a healthy and functioning internet. And, as the survey makes pretty clear, wanting to prevent giant companies like Comcast from using massive gatekeeper power to anti-competitive advantage against consumers and smaller companies isn't really all that complicated.

"Americans view net neutrality as having a positive impact on most of society. Respondents said it is a “good thing” for small businesses (70%), individuals (69%), innovators (65%) and ISPs (55%), but fewer think that it will benefit big businesses (46%)."

Or, put more simply by the folks at Mozilla:

"At Mozilla, we believe net neutrality is integral to a healthy Internet: it enables Americans to say, watch and make what they want online, without meddling or interference from ISPs (Internet Service Providers, such as AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner). Net neutrality is fundamental to free speech, competition, innovation and choice online."

It's clear that most people understand that net neutrality is just a symptom of a lack of competition in the broadband market, something that has proven endlessly frustrating to consumers and entrepreneurs alike for going on two decades now. Fix the lack of competition, and you fix not only many net neutrality issues, but countless other problems -- from privacy violations. Even the cable industry's own polls reflect this reality.

But it's also clear that the current FCC not only has no real plan to fix or really even acknowledge these competitive shortcomings, but also wants to replace the already-fairly flaccid oversight of the sector with the technology policy equivalent of damp cardboard. All while ignoring the massive, overwhelming support for the rules piling up in their own proceeding's comment section. What's more, they seem to be under the impression that there will be zero repercussions for giving the public a giant, obnoxious middle finger on this subject. One would like to think they're wrong on all fronts.

Filed Under: democrats, net neutrality, partisanship, republicans
Companies: mozilla


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 9 Jun 2017 @ 12:08pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "the unregulated approach"

    What was not said in that post. You guys are far to single minded on this issue. You take the stance that anyone not agreeing with your position as only one thing.

    On top of that, the words regulation and deregulation do not mean what you think they mean. Here at TD you guys have these "very" ignorant understanding of those words.

    @TD Regulation = "Laws that benefit Consumers"
    @TD DeRegulation = "Laws that benefit business"

    I hate to break it to you guys but that is not what regulation means. You have allowed big business to frame the very words you are using on the subject at hand. You are not being a service to yourselves.

    Regulation is just regulation, and there is no deregulation occurring, just a "change" in the regulations on the books. ISP's still have to follow laws established for their businesses, you just don't like them.

    Many of you including TD itself has been caught up in the game of Buzzword Bingo that you have become more of a shell game on the subject matter.

    Most of you are essentially the type of people that believe two cars of equal mass in a head on collision at 45 mph is the same as a car hitting a concrete wall at 90 mph. You THINK you know more than you do, and because of the Dunning-Kruger effect you cannot be reasoned with and like a bunch of politicians you double down on the stupid instead of actually trying to learn.

    Natural Monopolies are not necessary.
    Regulation does not save you from any of the evils of capitalism.
    And the perfect hell for democrats and republicans would be living in worlds where 100% of their policies came true!

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