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September 3, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Net neutrality: Trust the government over cable companies

It seems that guest columnist Brent Skorup [“The Internet is not a public utility,” Opinion, Sept. 1] is asking us to trust the corporations to govern themselves and not trust the government to regulate the Internet. I trust the government more than the corporations.

I envision an Internet that is just a huge, wide open and free pipeline of information, and so far, Comcast and other huge corporations, are limiting the speed of my access, and charging me more and more money for it, and forcing me to bundle landline service with Internet connection and cable TV coverage.

It’s getting to be like health care, where they’re telling me that I can’t have it unless I get an education and a good job as a professional. Will we do that for our streets?
Let’s call the Internet a utility, underwrite it with taxes, like our streets and water services are, and make it a huge, free pipeline. To heck with letting the corporations take it over, let’s keep it for ourselves, as a utility.

Paul Bannon, Shoreline

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

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