Focus Areas:    Net Neutrality | Telecom

Calm down, everyone! ‘Neutrality’ changes don’t mean Net becomes the Wild West

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In response to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proposal to rescind its so-called “net neutrality” rules, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker tweeted that the FCC is “giving corporations power over the once neutral internet.”

Booker and his social media allies think the new rules will destroy the internet as we know it. Except, they won’t.

We complain about the poor customer service and high costs of ISPs, but net neutrality doesn’t do anything about these at all. What it can do, however, is reduce the incentive for network investment.

The fact is that New Jersey is one of the most connected states in the nation, with nearly all our population having access to fast internet service. We also have multiple wireless internet options, which individuals increasingly see as substitutes for fixed connections. All of this access is partially a result of the regulatory approach that prevailed for two decades — until 2015.

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