When it comes to this sudden Republican opposition to net neutrality, I’m not sure if it’s derived from actual knowledge about what net neutrality is or simply because President Obama came out in support of it which naturally means they’re going to oppose it.
Recently two well-known Texas Republicans, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz, have come out against net neutrality – though their comments were more bizarre than anything else. First, Cruz tried to compare net neutrality to “Obamacare,” then just a few days after that we saw Perry reference the Great Depression while speaking out against it.
And while I found both of their comments to be absolutely ridiculous, I still couldn’t really tell if either knew what the hell they were talking about. The comments were so absurd that it’s difficult to tell if they were being serious about a topic they claim to know something about, or they were simply doing what Republicans have done since election night 2008 by opposing anything and everything President Obama supports.
Well it seems I’m not alone in my feelings about the idiocy spewed by these two, as Minnesota Senator Al Franken recently told CNN’s Candy Crowley that after being made aware of Cruz’s comments on net neutrality he doesn’t think the Texas senator has any idea what it actually is.
“He has it completely wrong and just doesn’t understand what this issue is,” Franken said. “We’ve had net neutrality the entire history of the internet.”
And that’s a point every American needs to realize. Net neutrality means preserving the internet that we know now. The internet where you pay for a particular speed from your internet provider and every single website you visit is delivered to you at that speed.
Franken then went on to explain a bit further why Cruz’s comments made no sense.
“Obamacare was a government program that fixed something that changed things,” Franken clarified for Cruz. “This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same that they’ve been.”
Another excellent point. The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) was about fixing a broken system. Net neutrality, and Obama’s push to classify it as a public utility, is about keeping the internet exactly how it’s been since Americans began using it in their everyday lives.
It’s baffling to me that anyone besides people running big telecom companies like Verizon or Comcast would want to see net neutrality end.
This shouldn’t be a political issue. It’s not “left vs. right.” It’s a battle between Americans who like the internet how it’s always been vs. those who want to see internet service providers have complete control over their access to the internet.
It really is that simple. Net neutrality is about keeping the internet the way it’s always been: a free and open source for innovation and information. So when people like Ted Cruz and Rick Perry stand there acting as if net neutrality is some “over-regulated innovation killer that gives an unfair advantage to big business,” they’re either lying because these big ISP corporations are paying them off or they simply don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.
I just hope more politicians like Al Franken continue speaking out against the ignorance being spewed by those who seem to be working for these big ISP providers instead of the American people.