Net neutrality is beginning to run into some resistance. Not only does net neutrality face serious opposition from those who are looking to keep the Internet free of regulation – but also from those who are seeing the pending legal battles that will undoubtedly be forming shortly after any decision to regulate or re- categorize Internet as a Title II service. The fight is going to come from a multitude of fronts, too. The expectation is that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will rule in favor of changing Internet service to a Title II service, but many now are poking holes in the plan – even those who support the notion of ruling on net neutrality as a Title II service.
First, and even primarily they recognize the legal fight that would be fourthcoming if a ruling of this magnitude came down. Second, and still important those individuals are now acknowledging the serious holes in the plan that is being talked about. The notion that Internet will suddenly become more universally achieved and less expensive is something that remains in question for those people. They also agree that time and money will be wasted when it comes to regulating the service. If providers ultimately have to spend more money, more time, and more resources to accommodate the changes – then this would ultimately be something that would throw a wrench in the plan that the government is claiming.
Attorney Blair Levin, who was previously an FC chief of staff pointed out that “Wheeler’s proposal has genuine merits, but all he’s doing is clarifying the FCC’s legal authority to prevent blocking, throttling and paid prioritization of traffic and to require Internet providers to provide transparency as to their data practices.” Interestingly though, he goes on to point out that it won’t really change anything – if the FCC does actually make this ruling. In fact, he believes that this is “how to retain the status quo.”
Ultimately, these are interesting words from someone who would ordinarily throw support with the affiliation that he once had with the FCC. That being said, it has drawn a lot of curiosity from those on both sides of the aisle and from both viewpoints. It’s causing a lot more questions to be asked, and ultimately, that’s what this process is being billed as – an opportunity to ask more questions and create transparency.