Ajit Pai, FCC Chair wrote in the LA Times today:
“Beginning in the Clinton administration, there was for nearly two decades a broad bipartisan consensus that the best Internet policy was light-touch regulationâ€”rules that promoted competition and kept the Internet unfettered by federal or state regulation.”
Here’s the full article: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-pai-fcc-internet-regulation-20170426-story.html
This Mr. Pai, is where you lose us technologists. In the pre-broadband era you didn’t have 2 major wireline competitors for every home. You had a title 2 common carrier unwittingly providing the connection from the user to the ISP. Now ALL those ISP’s are gone and you have Cable and Telco’s providing the data connections intentionally. We loved it when they finally got off their asses and spent some money on changing the status quo, but history shows that’s not how incumbent industries work, they keep their monopolies and screw the customers as long as they can to get as much profit as they can in perpetuity. So we’ve seen a few years of them not quite realizing the power they have because of that connection, but we also didn’t have video streaming demands for excellent service quality either.Â
It’s readily apparent through Comcasts actions against Netflix that since Comcast owns NBC/Universal, that there’s no reason why Comcast should even allow Netflix’s traffic to their customers, and it’s been demonstrated that Comcast is absolutely willing to slow the traffic of their direct competitor in the movie delivery space. With that even starting, then there’s no chance that Comcast doesn’t take that to the logical ultimate end, and they own the entire internet, blocking Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, unless those companies pay huge fees that they shouldn’t have to pay because the consumer is already paying both companies.
You and your fellow small government conservatives around the country come from a false assumption that companies are altruistic and will do things to better their customers, employees, and the world, when really there is absolutely no corporate incentive structure for such actions. They are purely motivated by profit, and you don’t get profit in a market with carriers owning any content while other companies also have content to share. As soon as Comcast bought NBC/Universal they lost heir right to be a part of a free and open internet providing wires, and needed to be blocked from easily destroying competition against them since they hold all the keys and own all the locks.