Today, September 10, a coalition of extremists and cronyist rent-seekers are going to join together to ‘protest’ freedom of enterprise, by having a fake slowdown of the Internet.
In particular Netflix, already known for lying about congestion issues, will join this attempt to deceive the American people into thinking we need, right now, a massive expansion of government regulation onto the Internet.
Don’t be fooled. Don’t break the Net.
The fact is, we don’t need any new regulations. What we need are competition, innovation, and the freedom we’ve had on the Internet since the Telecommunications Act in 1996 told the FCC “Don’t break the Net.”
Companies like Uber and Twitch show that you can go from nothing to a huge success, under current regulation. There’s no shadowy cabal putting people into slow lanes unless they pay protection money.
It’s all a myth designed to make you think “Well, it’s plausible, and gee, I had buffering on that video the other day.” But it is a myth. Don’t Break The Net covers the myths surrounding new government regulation, too long to list here.
As Ronald Reagan said, “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” If you want faster Internet, we need to get government out of the way to allow investment and competition. Imagine if firms like Verizon and Google could have a free hand to roll out fiber anywhere, without the threat of burdensome regulations. Net Neutrality already scared Verizon out of expanding.
Don’t break the net. Don’t put a chilling effect on Internet innovation and growth. Don’t be fooled by today’s fakery.