I agree we need strong new net neutrality rules, but they should be enacted by Congress, not the Federal Communications Commission [“Getting a win for net neutrality,” Opinion, Feb. 3]. The FCC regulations guest columnist Timothy Karr favors face several difficulties. For one, the FCC’s plan to classify the Internet as a Title II…More
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The recent letter claiming net neutrality is similar to requiring all restaurants charge the same amount is typical of the confusion over what net neutrality actually is. Net neutrality is not about the speed of your Internet connection or telling Internet service providers (ISPs) what they can charge. Nobody is claiming ISPs should not be…More
Just who do the Republicans think President Obama represents? Obviously, they firmly believe the president represents only business interests [“Obama steps into divisive debate on net neutrality,” Nation & World, Nov. 11]. I have news for them. President Obama represents the people. The “overreach” the GOP is complaining about is quite necessary: The Internet…More
There is a core assumption from guest columnist and academic Brent Skorup that the government is evil and that commercial operations such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Comcast are better [“The Internet is not like an electric or water utility,” Opinion, Aug. 31]. His assertions that we should not let the government regulate broadband…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
Columnist Brier Dudley wrote that continuing with Internet neutrality is like taking general traffic lanes away for buses, making traffic worse for everyone [“Net neutrality more myth than reality?” Business/Technology, May 19]. In the Internet world, his analogy goes, the traffic comes chiefly from the demand for high-quality video delivered over the Internet. This…More
The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed new rules for the Internet that would create “fast lanes” for certain content providers — which could allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge companies and websites for faster delivery of their content to consumers. The Internet, as consumers know it, could change drastically.
The Seattle Times opinion pages asked readers to imagine a future Internet with toll booths and fast lanes for content providers. Below are several responses:
Fast lanes would limit competition
Net neutrality is a major issue that should be given serious attention. Internet speeds must remain uniform for all users. Anything else would be noncompetitive and unfair. Based on The Seattle Times’ editorial, I have submitted the following to the Federal Communications Commission:
“I believe and urge that the FCC maintain a neutral Internet whereby all Internet traffic travels at the same, highest possible, speed. It seems patently unfair to
The Internet scarcely even existed 25 years ago, yet we all now depend on it [“FCC won’t appeal ruling on Internet neutrality,” Business / Technolgoy, Feb. 19]. What an amazing change in a single generation. And now, while our attention is being distracted by foolishness in Washington, D.C., the wide-open information on the Internet…More