In case you missed Thursday’s historic Federal Communications Commission vote on net neutrality rules, here are some highlights.
“Today’s order is more powerful and more expansive than any previously considered or… suggested.”
“The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet. It’s simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field.”
“This proposal has been described by one opponent as, quote, a secret plan to regulate the Internet. Nonsense. This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech.”
“It is important for consumers as well as companies that nothing in today’s order alters the economic model for continued network expansion. An ISP’s revenue stream will be the same tomorrow as it was yesterday.”
“We worked closely with the chairman’s office to strike an appropriate balance, and yes it is true that significant changes were made at my office’s request including the elimination of a sender-side classification, but I firmly believe that these items have strengthened this item.”
“So for those in a panic about rate regulation, there are millions who can testify to… how high the bar is to when it comes to the FCC intervening… when it comes to rates and charges.”
“The result honors the creative, collaborative and open Internet envisioned by those who were there at the start.”
“We are flip-flopping for one reason and one reason only – President Obama told us to do so.”
“So, the FCC is abandoning a 20-year bipartisan framework for keeping the Internet free and open in favor of great Depression- era legislation designed to regulate Ma Bell. But at least we’re getting something in return, right? Wrong. The Internet is not broken. There is no problem for the government to solve.”
“To start, the commission’s decision to adopt President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.”
“One facet of that control is rate regulation.
“Today, the majority of the commission attempts to usurp the authority of Congress by rewriting [ the] Communications Act to suit its own values and political ends. The item claims to forbear from certain monopoly-era Title II regulations but reserving the right to impose them using other provisions or at some point in the future. The commission abdicates its role as an expert agency by defining and classifying services based on unsupported and unreasonable findings.”
“Net neutrality is now the pretext for deploying Title II as far greater extent than anyone could have imagined just months ago.”