I take issue with the letter printed May 8 regarding the No vote Rep. Stefanik made to the “Save the Internet Act.” Her no vote would allow Comcast et al to arbitrarily slow internet speeds or prohibit access to sites as they saw fit or allow different speeds for different customers. The writer does not provide any details to back up the reason for his stand. Indeed the internet is important to our everyday lives, and therefore equal access in most important.
I will assume his statements are a direct result of watching Fox News. The reasoning is straight out of their playbook. For example: From Fox So Called News: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the right move Thursday when it undid an Obama-era power grab commonly referred to as “net neutrality,” ending the agency’s micro-management of the internet. The FCC action benefits consumers and ensures that the internet will be free from burdensome government control.
By the way, this was not a Pelosi plan. (Another Faux News tactic.) This is entirely bogus. Net neutrality does not allow government control. It provides government regulation, assuring equal access to the internet; as it should be. Regulations are not government control, they are protections against corporate control.
From the 1934 act: “For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination.” The act of 1934 was to assure all citizens had equal access to communication services.
I heartily disagree with Stefanik’s stand on this issue, as did 231 U.S. representatives.
Nick Partrick, Corinth