As the Net Neutrality debate rages on, the hand-wringing and saber rattling keeps on a-coming. If you look at who is saying what, it is so catty it is almost unbelievable.
The Republicans (including FCC Comm. Ajit Pai) all say that NN is a bad idea. House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said, “I truly believe [NN] will ultimately harm the Silicon Valley companies that celebrated this step backward for U.S. Internet policy,” Walden said. “Title II will only lead to increased uncertainty, depressed investment and decreased innovation.” Really Senator? He went on to make a lot of other comments that sounded equally as ludicrous.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said, “…only action by Congress can fix the damage and uncertainty this FCC order has inflicted on the Internet.”
And Comm. Pai, stated, “Read my lips. More new taxes are coming.” There are many other statements, made by Republicans that are equally as preposterous, from what I read. They seem to be a lot more tweaked over this than the Dems. And much of what they say is, frankly, insulting to me as a citizen.
But, on the other side, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) the Senate Commerce Committee’s ranking Democrat said in a statement, “The expert agency – after thorough review and voluminous public input – has now acted. I look forward to reviewing the details of the FCC’s decision, and I remain willing to continue discussions regarding true bipartisan legislation.”
Being an independent, I have no particular allegiance to either party. However, it is painfully obvious that the Republicans are just out of control. Nothing they say is much more than unfounded rhetoric. Are they so blinded by partisan rage that they cannot see the real issue here?
However, rhetoric aside, let’s not forget the bottom, non-partisan line. The entire issues evolved because there was concern that certain segments of the Internet were being manipulated by big money. Had that not happened, we would all be, merrily, on our completely open and free Internet highway.
Nevertheless, it did, and reasonable people stepped in and made some hard choices that had to be made. Thank you FCC, you did the right thing. Too bad the Republicans are unable to see that.
Next will come a wave of lawsuits and congressional infighting, and there will likely be some changes made to this ruling. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail, and it will be a win-win for all. Stay tuned … more to come.
Ernest Worthman is the editor of Small Cell Magazine.