Net Neutrality Supported By 74 Percent In United States

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Large majority would like to take the issue out of the hands of the FCC

Net Neutrality can be something of a complex subject, but another poll shows consumers not only understand what it is, they want to keep it.

In short, Net Neutrality holds that internet service providers (ISP) have to treat all web content the same. That means they can’t charge extra to sites that use more bandwidth, and they can’t favor the content of one site over another.

Some ISPs have protested, saying they’ve spent millions of dollars building out their networks and should be allowed to manage them as they see fit.

In the latter years of the Obama Administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established Net Neutrality as policy, over the protests of some ISPs.

Change in policy

President Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a long-time critic of Net Neutrality, and under his leadership the FCC has taken steps to reverse the policy. But it might not be either good business or good politics.

A new poll of U.S. consumers has found 74% supporting legislation that enshrines the principals of Net Neutrality — namely a law enabling consumers to use the internet free from government or corporate censorship, while setting up one set of rules that applies to all internet companies.

The poll suggests consumers are comfortable with Congress taking the issue out of the hands of the FCC and setting the policy in stone.

Permanent Net Neutrality law

“Americans overwhelmingly favor a permanent net neutrality law over FCC regulations that can be changed from administration to administration,” said Mike Montgomery, Executive Director of CALinnovates, a non-partisan tech advocacy group based in San Francisco, which conducted the survey.

Previous research has suggested consumers are growing more concerned about Net Neutrality issues, such as potential throttling, blocking, and the creation of so-called fast lanes.

Younger consumers appear to feel more strongly about the legislative route than their older counterparts. In fact, 18 to 29 year-olds were almost twice as likely to support making Net Neutrality the law of the land than continuing to leave the issue up to the FCC.

  • Martine Zee

    But I thought FCC was using the “legislative route is better” argument themselves as a ploy/trick to undo the current FCC Title II classification rules the movement fought so hard to get years ago? And do we really think Congress is going to pass a net neutrality law that actual ensures net neutrality?

  • Jon

    This viewpoint (below) is like allowing an electric utility to censor who gets electricity, how much, and with varying costs. Of course cost in that case does vary depending upon volume, with discounts to large users, but the rates are not dependent on the political perspectives of the customers.

    “Some ISPs have protested, saying they’ve spent millions of dollars
    building out their networks and should be allowed to manage them as they
    see fit.”

  • chetdude

    “Net Neutrality Supported By 74 Percent In United States”

    That’s a relief, right?

    That’s the same percentage of USAmerican people who essentially desired a form of Medicare for All back in ’09/’10…