Yeah, Ted Cruz’s “net neutrality is Obamacare for the internet” blab is great as sloganeering, and it’s right on target so long as you don’t know what net neutrality means or how the internet works. As preaching to his choir, it’s great politics and I can only assume that making sure his polarized base stays nice and polarized is his goal.
As for people who have a clue as to what net neutrality means… I’m not quite sure how Cruz figures that letting Comcast and Time Warner Cable and Cox and et cetera decide that 1990s dialup speed standards are good enough for sites that don’t pay them a fat monthly toll for images that load in less than the time that it takes you to get up and make a fresh cup of coffee is a good thing. I mean, unless you consider that Comcast is a big contributor of his, and then it makes sense.
Mr. Cruz is a clever politician, if nothing else. He’s sold a few million people on the necessity of buying a knife to cut their own online throats.
President Obama came out in favor of net neutrality this week, saying that the FCC should reclassify the Internet as a public utility. While Obama has no more official influence over the FCC than you or I, this would keep internet providers from being able to speed up or slow down your internet service to certain sites, or to charge more for “fast lanes.” Basically, the idea would be to keep the internet the way it is now, without allowing the cable companies, which are already a de facto monopoly, to control the speed of the internet to sites you want to access. While it’s not quite as good as making net neutrality the law, at least it was something. Lip service, maybe, but at least it was good lip service.
Still, political parties have to oppose everything the other side does, leading Texas Senator (and likely 2016 presidential candidate)…
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