Uncertainty, frozen Internet predicted re: 'net neutrality'

Friday, February 27, 2015
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

The issue of "net neutrality" is not going away anytime soon, regardless of the FCC's vote in favor of controversial rules.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday in favor of new rules that supporters say will make Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all content the same. Those in favor of net neutrality argue that companies like Netflix or Amazon pay to speed up traffic to their websites.

"Today, history is being made by a majority (3-2) of this commission, as we vote for a fast, fair and open Internet," stated FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Still, when it comes to a "fast, fair and open Internet," free market advocates like Seton Motley of Less Government argue that net neutrality will hamper the web through government regulation (see related OneNewsNow story).

Motley, SetonEarlier this week, Motley told Crane Durham's "Nothing But Truth" that numerous lawsuits will be filed after companies read through the FCC's rules.

"It's going to be two to three years of uncertainty and the Internet frozen in amber while we litigate this incredible power grab," he predicts.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says, "This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech," but groups like the National Religious Broadcasters say net neutrality does carry free speech concerns.

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