Here’s an interesting piece on how the FCC’s “Fast Lane” proposal, which shows how the 2010 FCC called and wants its Internet back:
But Wheeler didn’t deny that his new proposal will allow the types of “fast lane” arrangements that the FCC repeatedly warned against in its 2010 Open Internet Order. That order was recently struck down by a court decision, forcing the FCC to write new rules and justify them using different legal authority.
The FCC could have reinstated all the rules in that order by reclassifying ISPs as common carriers, but it chose not to. On the plus side, Wheeler says the new rules will prevent “blocking of lawful content” just as the old ones did. But payments in exchange for an Internet fast lane will be allowed as long as they’re “commercially reasonable,” a much lower standard than the one adopted in 2010.
A fair number of Democrats are complaining. Here’s a taste:
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) April 24, 2014
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 24, 2014
I don’t see the downside of Democrats having a fight over net neutrality. We need to give people reasons why Democrats controlling the House and more Democrats in the Senate would lead to better policy, and this is an issue that resonates with younger voters. And I don’t see how it’s a big blow to Obama,
who can swoop in and be the hero by reversing the FCC who’s better off complaining than accepting the FCC’s decision.