Ted Cruz’ Absurd Take on Net Neutrality

President Obama came out in favor of net neutrality, which would require that all ISPs pass all traffic at the same speed as it has always been on the internet, and Sen. Ted Cruz decided to immediately show that he’s either a liar or totally clueless about how the internet works (or both). He started with this bit of stupid:

This is staggeringly idiotic. And he added to it on his Facebook page:

The biggest regulatory threat to the Internet is “net neutrality.”

In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It puts the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service, and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities, and higher prices for consumers.

The Internet should not operate at the speed of government.

Every single claim here is false. The speed of the government? I assume he means “slow.” But the entire purpose of net neutrality is to prevent ISPs from slowing down the internet so they can extort content producers for extra fees. That extortion will inevitably raise the prices for consumers for content on the internet. And in Obama’s letter to the FCC, he explicitly said that the price of internet access should not be regulated by the government:

“I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services.”

So Cruz is lying. What a shock.

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  • hunter

    “So Cruz is lying. What a shock.”

    And the teabaggers will believe every word of it.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    HES NOT LYING!!! YOU KNOW OBAMAS GOING TO SING ANOTHER UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECTIVE ORDER AND PASS IT TO “HIS” INTERNETS “CZAR” TO FOR THE FREE MARKET INTENET COMPANIES TO OPERATE AT THE SPEED OF GOVERNMENT!!! PLUS HES GOING TO SUBSIDIZE ITS TUBE FOR THE UNWORTHY POOR USING HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS HARDWORKING TAXPAYER TAXES!!!

  • dingojack

    MO – In what key is this Executive Order? It’s always good to have everybody in tune.

    Dingo

  • colnago80

    Hey, Cruz is just pandering to Verizon and the other Internet providers who are the main supporters of doing away with Internet neutrality. Just trying to solicit funding for his 2016 presidential run.

  • John Pieret

    Modus:

    I think that’s a great idea … make presidents sing executive orders on national TV. I bet that would cut down on the number of them … those suckers can be long and making them rhyme would be a bitch.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    … he’s either a liar or totally clueless about how the internet works (or both)

    I’m glad to see you are pre-empting the false dichotomy complaints. Good work.

  • Chiroptera

    But the entire purpose of net neutrality is to prevent ISPs from slowing down the internet so they can extort content producers for extra fees.

    I’m under the impression that the biggest enemies of net neutrality are the content providers, or at least the giant media conglomerates. They want to do to the internet what they’ve already done to broadcast TV and cable: squeeze out the little players so they have a monopoly and so can force consumers to pay a lot of money for crap.

  • blf

    The content providers should charge any ISP who (1) Tries to change them, and (2) “Carries” their content, for the privilege of carrying their content. After all, it’s their content which is largely responsible for the ISP having a business in the first place. That might just stop this nonsense of attempting to carry for carrying content, if the ISPs who attempt to charge also had to pay to carry the content they do not create. (ISPs who don’t charge, i.e., have a clew, aren’t charged — this is a “tax” on the clewless.)

  • teawithbertrand

    Based on his tweet, Cruz knows one thing and one thing only about net neutrality: Obama is in favor of it.

  • zmidponk

    Chiroptera:

    I’m under the impression that the biggest enemies of net neutrality are the content providers, or at least the giant media conglomerates. They want to do to the internet what they’ve already done to broadcast TV and cable: squeeze out the little players so they have a monopoly and so can force consumers to pay a lot of money for crap.

    This is true of some of the content providers/media conglomerates which are also ISPs or have ties to ISPs, because this allows them to prioritise the data from their service over any competing service, but any content provider that doesn’t have any ties to ISPs want a neutral net for the very simple reason that not having this, combined with the monopolies that certain ISPs have in various regions, leaves them very open to either trying to compete on a very uneven playing field, or simply held to ransom by ISPs by the threat of their content being deliberately slowed down.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Cruz knows one thing and one thing only about net neutrality: Obama is in favor of it.

    That’s just not true. He knows who is against it, and how much they are paying him.

    Cruz may also have been motivated by his obligations to campaign donors. Federal Election Commission records show that Cruz received donations of $5000 from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, $5000 from Time Warner Cable, $1000 from Verizon, $1000 from Viacom, and thousands of dollars from other donors in the cable industry. These reported donations do not include so-called “dark money” contributions from donors that are protected by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizen’s United from having to disclose their political donations.

    link

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Reginald Selkirk, and so? He’s working for the Job Creators.

     

    Look, all that extra money they’ll make from companies paying them more so they’ll stop slowing down their sites will Trickle Down. It’s Economics Hostage Side Economics, a tradition ever since the first Corporate Citizen bought land on both sides of the river, laid a chain across it and charged boats for him to move it out of the way. Actually, it’s even better now, since he’s charging some boats more for guaranteed chain moval.

  • smrnda

    Cruz’s content free bumper sticker slogan demonstrates absolutely no knowledge of the issue at all. I wonder if Cruz is actually tech literate in the least? Does he feel inclined to actually understand an issue?

    The only opponents of net neutrality I’ve encountered were right wing idiots who were pathetically ignorant when it came to technology.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Cruz doesn’t need to understand (lucky for him!). He just knows that Obama is against it, so he is for it….or vice versa. Whatever Obama does, he will do the opposite. It’s not like any of this is based on some kind of sound (or even consistent) principle or anything.

  • Trebuchet

    Is this the same Ted Cruz that occupied all of the bandwidth of the US Senate back in 2013?

  • neonsequitur

    Obama should release a Presidential statement in support of oxygen, so Ted Cruz can immediately tell all his followers how horrible the stuff is, and why they should stop using it immediately.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    neonsequitur, to be fair, they’ve already been holding their breath to get what they want.

  • Trebuchet

    The Oatmeal has an awesome takedown of Cruz here:

    http://theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutrality

  • plutosdad

    Now all I can think of is hoping Obama will start singing his executive orders. He could show up unannounced at the doors of federal agencies singing his very own Obamagram.

    Knock knock

    Who is it?

    I have … some .. flowers .. for Mrs … Ggrbrbbl

    For who?

    It’s the …. Plumber, mam … I’ve come …to fix ….. the sink.

    No wait, you’re not a plumber, you’re Obama!

    …. Obamagram

    Oh just an obamagram? It’s ok he’s just dressed up like Obama

    When she opens the door Obama jumps in and hands paperwork out to everyone

    I’m the Obama the real Obama

    Gonna wrap you in red tape and raise your costs-a

    Will the guys who want to visit me please stand up, please stand up

    Cause the Secret Service would like to direct you more quickly to my house.