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September 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Net neutrality: Irrational fear of censorship

On Sept. 1 the Times featured an opinion piece “The Internet is not a public utility.” The guest columnist strongly insinuates that all regulations on Internet service providers are bad while carefully not mentioning what any of the regulations do. The regulations he derides prevent service providers from censoring your content or price gouging for fast lanes.

There is a strong case to make the Internet a public utility: modern life depends on it.

Furthermore, the Internet was created and developed with public money, not invented by Internet service providers. An Internet treated like a public utility would be affordable and egalitarian, and we shouldn’t let irrational fear of all regulation deter us from that.

Ted Emerson Gerhard, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Internet, net neutrality

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