WASHINGTON – Net neutrality: an equal and open internet. Some people support it, others don’t. Right now net neutrality is a hot button issue on Capitol Hill, as the Federal Communications Commission weighs ideas on how to regulate internet service providers.
“I think its draconian, its backward, its old thinking, it’s not forward thinking,” said Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH).
Latta is talking about a recent FCC proposal to reclassify broadband as a common-carrier utility, such as a landline phone.
To combat the FCC proposal, Latta is sponsoring the Internet freedom act – legislation that would prohibit the FCC from reclassifying broadband
“We want to make sure we’re not using old law on an informational area,” he said.
Latta said he’s just trying to keep the internet a stable arena that fuels private enterprise, and allows for future market investment.
“We don’t want to have government control. We have done very, very well without having the government putting its stamp on everything and if the FCC goes forward with what they want to do what we see is gonna happen is things slowing up, less investment, more regulations,” Latta said.
Re-classification isn’t the only proposal.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to allow broadband providers to manage traffic in what he calls “commercially reasonable” ways, a practice some opponents call a ‘fast lane’ for Internet traffic. It would allow internet providers to charge sites like Netflix a premium for faster service.
As the debate swirls around Capitol Hill, the FCC is still taking public comments on net neutrality.
For now, the debate remains complicated, political, and undecided.