Thursday, February 26, 2015

Net Neutrality

The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet.  It is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field.  Think about it.  The Internet has replaced the functions of the telephone and the post office.  The Internet has redefined commerce, and as the outpouring from four million Americans has demonstrated, the Internet is the ultimate vehicle for free expression.  The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules.

This proposal has been described by one opponent as "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.  They both stand for the same concepts: openness, expression, and an absence of gate keepers telling people what they can do, where they can go, and what they can think.

-- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, announcing Net Neutrality rules for the Internet, 26 February 2015

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