A new utility for CUB?

20141114_InternetUtilityThe White House has come out in support of reclassifying broadband Internet as a utility.

That would be a win for “net neutrality,” enabling the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit Internet Service Providers from blocking, throttling or prioritizing Web services in exchange for payment.

Net neutrality is the idea that ISPs must treat all Internet content equally. President Obama urged the FCC to reclassify consumer broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.  Proponents state that the reclassification would ensure a more free and open Internet while opponents argue that it would actually stunt innovation and investment in the infrastructure and new services.

What do you think?


About Jim Chilsen

Jim is director of communications for the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
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7 Responses to A new utility for CUB?

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  2. Todd says:

    Net Neutrality is a complicated issue and like World history it has two stories to tell. On the one hand large and small telecoms/ISP’s do not want the government involved in their business of serving its customers. And on the other Customers do want a free and open internet, while seeing consumer protections, even at the state level enacted.
    Far two long have both sides been at odds with each other on this issue. Reclassifying them under an outdated 1930’s law would hurt both sides if enacted. In the end both sides will loose no matter what happens at the F.C.C. ruling, which is due sometime in Dec. 2014.
    Can there be a middle ground? Possibilities are there, but it will take concessions from both sides to ensure an open and fair internet for all (telecoms/ISP’s, middle-mile delivery, content developers, and consumers).

  3. Ken Lundgren says:

    Do we really want the government to control the internet the way they have taken over the schools and the healthcare system?

  4. Ken Lundgren says:

    Here’s What ‘Net Neutrality’ Is… and What to Think About It

  5. Ken Lundgren says:

    The government should stay out of this business. To force internet companies to provide the same quality of service to everyone would cause all rates to rise. Why should someone who wants to watch online movies all day pay the same rate as someone who only uses email?

  6. Tom Herlacher says:

    That sounds GREAT!!! Go for it.

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