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September 1, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Net neutrality, FCC: The Internet is already open

It’s great that so many are interested in preserving and nurturing the Internet; unfortunately, much of the discussion is misguided.

The Seattle Times’ editorial [“Innovation would be stifled under FCC’s plans,” Opinion, Aug 19] is one example of well-intentioned, but misguided. The Federal Communications Commission did not propose a “two-tiered” Internet, and has said there is no company that has constructed Internet “fast lanes” or “slow lanes.” The Internet has always operated within what we call net neutrality — consumers can access the legal content they want, and expect that traffic to travel uninhibited across the open Internet. Clearly, it’s working. Consumers benefit every day from the opportunities created by Internet access, developed and delivered by companies that thrive on innovation and a healthy Internet.

The editorial also supports classifying broadband as a Title II telecommunications service which means that government would apply 80-year-old utility regulations to 21st century technologies — like a rotary telephone and your smartphone are the same device. Elected and industry leaders should collaborate to ensure that policies encourage investment and access to innovation. Everyone wants an open and free Internet — let’s make sure that modern solutions are applied to achieving that goal while continuing to protect and expand what we love about the Internet.

Tom Gurr, Issaquah

Comments | Topics: broadband, Federal Communications Commission, net neutrality

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