I’ll be honest, I still don’t know if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is either being a shill for big internet service providers, simply opposing net neutrality because President Obama supports it, has no clue what net neutrality even means or all of the above.
And while any of those choices are possible, when you look at the asinine things he’s said about net neutrality, I really just don’t think he has any idea what it actually means.
First, he said net neutrality is “Obamacare for the internet.” Something that might stir up fear among conservatives, but trying to compare the two would be like me saying I don’t like broccoli, therefore there’s no way I could drive a Ford F-150. Net neutrality and the Affordable Care Act literally have nothing to do with one another. There’s no correlation, no link – nothing.
These comments then prompted Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to call out Cruz’s apparent ignorance about net neutrality, accusing the Texas senator of clearly not understanding what net neutrality means.
Well, Cruz apparently decided to respond to Franken’s comments by continuing to prove that he has no damn clue what net neutrality means.
Cruz said in a video:
“What happens when government starts regulating a service as a public utility. It calcifies everything. It freezes it in place. Let’s give a simple contrast. The Telecommunications Act of 1934 was adopted to regulate these (he brings out a rotary phone) to put regulations in place, and what happened? It froze everything in place. This is regulated by Title II. This is not (pulls out his iPhone). Your smartphone, the Internet, the apps. All of this is outside of Title II. The innovation is happening without having to go to government regulators and say mother may I. We want all whole lot more of this (emphasizes his smartphone) and a whole lot less of this (points at rotary phone).”
The glaring stupidity behind this example is that landline home phone technology didn’t remain as the same as this rotary phone he used. It’s not as if this rotary phone (I have no clue if it’s from 1934 or not, but Cruz implied that it was) he brought as an example remained the only style of technology used up until the last decade or so as landlines have become more or less obsolete. So I’m not really sure what exactly he’s claiming was “frozen in place.”
What President Obama is proposing is a measure to keep the internet exactly how it has always been. That’s it. He wants to reclassify it as a utility so that these greedy internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast can’t screw over businesses and consumers by charging websites fees so that their content will be delivered to the consumer at the speed for which they’re already paying.
Fighting to keep net neutrality is the epitome of protecting businesses and consumers from the unethical greed of an industry (ISP providers) that’s practically a monopoly in most areas of the country.
What these ISP’s want to do is be able to charge consumers for their internet at a certain speed, then charge websites another fee to have their content delivered to consumers at that speed. It puts access to the internet completely in the hands of companies like Comcast and Verizon. If net neutrality dies, these companies will then be able to charge consumers whatever they want for internet access, yet in reality won’t have to deliver those speeds. Because the speed consumers will be paying for won’t matter if the websites themselves refuse to pay these fees to the ISP’s. What’s the point of paying for a 30 mbps download speed if the websites you visit are being restricted to 1 mbps because those sites won’t pay the ransoms demanded by these internet companies? Essentially the consumer will then be paying for an internet speed that they’re not being given to the websites they want to visit.
The only thing Senator Cruz accomplished with this video is confirm what Senator Franken said: He has absolutely no idea what net neutrality means.
Watch the video below: