There is more to 'Net Neutrality' debate than meets the eye

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 12, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The internet is an incredible communications tool and an engine for job and economic growth, so it is critical that it remain open to innovation and new ideas in order for businesses to thrive. Improvements in communications infrastructure can provide opportunities to many Californians looking to start a new business or grow their operation.

That is why the discussion around 'net neutrality' is very important. However, we also need to tread carefully and not oversimplify issues with terms like "utility".

Recently, President Obama took an unusual step in releasing a video statement seeking to encourage the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose new regulations treating the Internet as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act.  You can watch the video or read the statement here.

Utilizing a section of law written to regulate one technology does not always translate to the regulation of a newer technology. A recent piece in the LA Times has a great perspective on this debate and on President Obama’s call for regulating the internet like a utility.

CMTA supports maintaining an Internet open to innovation. We believe that it is vital that broadband technology development proceed rapidly to meet the needs of manufacturers in a competitive global economy.  Burdensome regulation that would dampen or stifle investment should be avoided.  The debate will continue. 

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