Despite the fact that the current FCC chairman was formerly a lobbyist for the industry he is now supposed to regulate, the arguments concerning this topic are largely based on court decisions resulting from lawsuits filed against cable TV companies.1
Cable companies secure rights to broadcast content to all their users from the producers of the content. These rights are a significant expense. Additionally, the cable companies were the only party delivering content to their customers. Under these conditions, the court orders cited make sense.
The internet, however, is quite a different beast. Content can and does come from anybody, from your neighbor to Netflix. An ISP’s right to distribute content (via IP or in traditional cable TV fashion) should in no way influence how it delivers other content requested by customers. Your neighbor has the right to send any or all Caturday pictures to whomever he or she wishes. Netflix has already secured rights to distribute content to its customers. If you request either of them, why should an ISP stand in the way?
I could go on and on. Instead, I’ll point to three ways you can protest the proposed rules:
- Use Free Press’s automated form to send a comment to Chairman Wheeler
- Call the FCC
- Sign the White House petition urging Obama to deliver on his campaign promises
What are you waiting for! This is the internet! Kittens are at stake!
See Section I, page 8. ↩