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:
"Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014
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.