I am all for thoughtful discussion -- even over compromise -- but the messages that 'net neutrality' groups are sending to the FCC read more like 'it's my way or the highway' than 'let's work together.'
I don't want to be overly dramatic here, but there are just hours left to save the Internet. Tomorrow, the FCC stops taking meetings and accepting official comments on its proposed Net Neutrality rules.
The FCC Chairman is doing his best to create the perception that the compromise he forged is the best arrangement that could be made, and that any attempt to upset that arrangement could result in the death of a Net Neutrality rule. Don't believe it.
For over a year, several of the most prominent civil rights groups have been aligned with AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast -- whether knowingly or not -- in those companies' efforts to end net neutrality. But they have not acted alone.
At first blush, net neutrality seems an unlikely contender as a model for consensus-building in our nation's capital, one that takes into account not just the views of politicians, but of all stakeholders.
Over the years, net neutrality has hardened into the policy and moral equivalent of the Mason-Dixon Line for policy and tech wonks. Neither side seems willing to recognize their shared interest in the future of the Internet.
The FCC has spent the past nine months dancing around key issues, trying to find a way to please the big carriers and their in-house politicians, rather than trying to be forthright with the correct policy that would most benefit the economy.
This morning, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that he will finally seek a vote on President Obama's top tech issue, "Net Neutrality." However, his proposal is nowhere close to what Obama promised the American people.
Comcast's abuses show us what a media monopoly looks like in the Internet age -- one company, consolidating its media power to squash competitors, stifle innovation and free speech, and gouge consumers.