The term “net neutrality” has been flying around a lot lately. Not surprisingly, it can be a confusing topic. Luckily for opponents of the idea, Ted Cruz has released a two-minute video explaining why he and others are against it.
The administration has made its support for net neutrality increasingly clear in recent days as Obama called for the Internet to be regulated as a public utility just like water or electricity. Doing so would allow the Federal Communication Commission to oversee Internet accessibility for all consumers, without any so-called “fast lanes” for Internet service providers to give preferential treatment to higher-paying customers.
Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) railed against the president’s proposal in a YouTube video posted Monday.
“The worse thing that could happen is letting a whole bunch of politicians come in and regulate every aspect of what you’re doing,” Cruz said.
The reason the Internet has had the dynamism, opportunity, freedom and diversity it’s had, he added, is because the government hasn’t “plagued” it with many regulations.
“The innovation is happening without having to go to government and say ‘Mother, may I?’ What happens when the government starts regulating a service as a public utility is it calcifies everything and freezes it in place,” the Texas Republican said.
“The last thing you want is for five unelected bureaucrats in Washington to take charge of regulating the Internet as a public utility,” he concluded.
Watch the video below for the explanation:
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