John Kerry wrote a good piece for the Huff reminding us that 4/22/08 is the Pennsylvania Democratic primary – but is also the day that the Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on the future of the Internet, most of which has to do with net neutrality.
Look, I understand that there are issues with the amount of information flowing over our broadband infrastructure. But the key is to expand that infrastructure, not arbitrarily restrict traffic based on content. I don’t even really blame the corporations on this; this is a classic case where the government needs to step in and create sensible regulations to set the rules of the road. This doesn’t mean a prescriptive, heavy-handed approach to telling providers who to serve subscribers. But we need to insist on basic fairness and an open, content-neutral approach to how users can access the backbone of our telecommunications system. There have been a lot of excuses about why it’s difficult to do that, and frankly, most of those have turned out not to be accurate. There’s no reason why we can’t do this, and no reason why we shouldn’t.