This editorial says it all in reference to Net Neutrality and the President.
Even by his own standards, President Obama’s case for net neutrality borders on idiotic.
The president says Internet service should be treated like a basic utility — which is defensible. But then he says bandwidth providers must treat all users exactly alike, all the time, and that will make everyone better off.
It won’t. Which is why utilities don’t act that way.
Power companies, for example, charge different rates to residential customers, small commercial users and large industrial users.
Water utilities often — and rightly — charge higher rates to customers who use huge volumes. This encourages conservation.
The president and other advocates of net neutrality like to compare Internet service to the highways. They claim they don’t want consumers to have to pay tolls or get stuck on gravel roads. Apparently they have missed the past quarter-century of transportation policy innovation.
High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, once derided as “Lexus Lanes,” are now a proven method of reducing congestion — and not just for those who pay extra to use them. When someone uses a HOT lane, he or she leaves the regular lanes, thereby making traffic flow more smoothly in those lanes as well.
Advocates of net neutrality, such as Netflix and other content merchants, have grossly misrepresented the debate. Bandwidth providers have nothing to gain by slowing down service to anybody. After all: Net neutrality rules are not in place now. Is Internet innovation being stifled? Are customers being denied service? Are cable companies censoring controversial content? Of course not. Net neutrality advocates are not warning about genuine threats. They’re telling campfire ghost stories to scare the public.
Bandwidth providers do, however, have a very good reason to charge higher rates to bandwidth hogs. Streaming movies and other huge video files slows down network connections for everybody. It’s a premium service, and those who sell it should be allowed to charge a premium price. By the same token, companies such as Netflix should be able to avoid delivery interruptions (such as frequent buffering) by paying extra for faster connections.
The digital revolution has worked wondrously so far. But handing over control of the Internet to government bureaucrats would bring progress to a screeching halt. It would expand the scope of federal power into new territory yet again. That’s great for politicians and the special interests who have to grease their palms. It would be a disaster for everyone else.
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