Net neutrality. That sounds like a friendly term, like something we all would WANT, right?
When I first heard people talking about Obama’s attempt to push the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “keep the internet free and open” I thought, well, that sounds good to me. Last Monday, in his plea for the implementation of rules for net neutrality, Obama used terms like “fairness” and “freedom”. He expressed the need for more government control to ensure equal Internet access for everyone.
And he said that abandoning the principles of net neutrality “would threaten to end the Internet as we know it.”
But, as with everything else that interests me, I had to research it for myself. Whenever a politician (especially one who aggressively forces things like Obamacare) pushes for something, I think it is natural to have some level of skepticism.
So, for the last week, I have been heavily researching this so-called “net neutrality” to find out what it is all about, and why so many support it.
In reality, “net neutrality” is as confusing as its name.
There are two pieces to this that need to be identified and explained before we go further. One is the term “net neutrality”and other is Title II regulation.
What IS net neutrality?
Here’s what Obama wants to you think it is:
“Net neutrality” has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.
Obama wants the FCC to “create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online.” (Could it be that this is a way for the GOVERNMENT to restrict what we can do or see online? Read on to find out.)