My latest column is up at AND Magazine!
Here is an excerpt:
Earlier this week, President Obama made headlines when, in a statement, he pushed to make the Internet a public utility that would fall under the regulatory authority of the FCC – a move that would open the door for massive federal regulation of the Internet.
This is yet another major policy decision coming from the Left with all of the best intentions, which would lead to disastrous consequences.
On the surface, Net Neutrality doesn’t sound too bad. Millions of people have cable, and like it…but not nearly as many people like their cable provider. In fact, companies like Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and AT&T tend to be rather notorious for their exceedingly poor customer service – who can forget this little gem, where a man called Comcast to cancel his service, and ended up arguing with a “customer service” representative for about 20 minutes. And to make it worse, in most markets, people have no choice other than to go with one of these huge providers. Net Neutrality is a great way to stick it to The Man.
So when Comcast started throttling back the bandwidth it allotted to Netflix, essentially holding bandwidth for ransom, it was cause for concern. What if other companies started inflicting content providers with fees in exchange for bandwidth? If Netflix ends up paying one fee to Comcast, and another to Verizon, and yet another to Time Warner, pretty soon they will start losing subscribers because they will have little choice other than to raise their fees…which, as it turns out, is great for the ISPs, which also happen to provide content of their own.