Shocker: Bryan Fischer is Clueless About Net Neutrality

President Obama has come out in favor of net neutrality, so naturally the right wing must come out against it (he really should come out in favor of breathing to see them all hold their breath until they turn blue). But like Ted Cruz, Bryan Fischer has absolutely no idea what net neutrality actually is:

Fischer’s opposition to net neutrality seems rooted in a complete lack of understanding about what net neutrality actually is, since he falsely insists that preserving the principle of an open internet would prevent service providers from offering plans with different internet speeds.

Charging different prices for different internet speeds is already a common practice, obviously, but Fischer laughably claims that net neutrality — which is the standard that is currently in place — would outlaw this practice.

“We can’t let internet providers give people who are willing to pay more money faster speeds on the internet,” Fischer said, paraphrasing his misunderstanding of net neutrality. “We can’t charge people less if they’re willing to accept slower speeds on the internet.”

Uh, yeah. Except that has nothing to do with net neutrality. ISPs can and do charge higher prices for faster internet speeds. What net neutrality prevents them from doing is extorting content providers like Netflix and Youtube by slowing down all of their customers’ access to their sites specifically. This is the way the internet has always operated, with all ISPs providing pass-through to all content without throttling it.


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  • sugarfrosted

    Ted Cruz and Bryan Fischer: Wronger than internet is a series of tubes guy.

  • John Pieret

    Even funnier was Glenn Blech Beck:

    arguing against it [net neutrality] by claiming that internet service providers can seek to shut down his network by slowing down access to the content he produces, thereby making it more difficult for consumers to access.

    Quick call his “chiropractic neurologist” … his “adrenal fatigue” is making him look crazy again!

  • sugarfrosted

    @2 Why is Glenn Beck coming out against it? He eexclusively pprovides online content. Unless this is like slaves or prisoners trying to curry favor with their masters.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    But like Ted Cruz, Bryan Fischer has absolutely no idea what net neutrality actually is…

    I wouldn’t be too sure about the first half of that; Cruz at least knows that he gets campaign contributions from Comcast. Cruz is so dishonest that it is difficult to say whether his complete mischaracterization of it in public statements is due to ignorance or demagoguery.

  • petemoulton

    I’m still waiting for the President to come out with a PSA warning the American public about the dangers of eating the yellow snow.

  • John Pieret


    The ways of the Blech are mysterious … but they can always get weirder:

    We didn’t think such a thing was possible, but Glenn Beck’s warnings about net neutrality have become even more bizarre when, on his radio program today, he said that an incident in which activists confronted FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on the issue earlier this week is a sign that “revolutionaries” would soon begin pulling people out of their cars and offices and murdering them in the streets.

    If I was his “chiropractic neurologist,” I’d sue Beck for making him seem incompetent.

  • Daniel Kolle

    “Obama really should come out in favor of breathing to see them all hold their breath until they turn blue.”

    Already been done!

  • shadow

    Ah, Glenn Dreck, putting the CON into CONSERVATIVE.

  • WMDKitty — Survivor

    You’ve three too many words in your headline. It should read “Shocker: Bryan Fischer is Clueless”