Ted Cruz Embarrasses Himself by Proving He Doesn’t Understand Net Neutrality
Like Louis Gohmert, Ted is probably not an actual idiot himself, he just plays one on Fox TV for the benefit of his whack-job base in the Texas hinterland. He may realize that this base will conflate “net neutrality” with the old fairness doctrine, a common but very stupid error. Alan doesn’t mention this angle in the article, but it seems likely to me that Cruz’s reference to “robust free speech” is an attempt to encourage that conflation.
Ted Cruz proved once again what an absolute fool he is when he released a statement concerning net neutrality and the FCC. Net neutrality, of course, is what keeps the Internet 100% open. It means that every website, regardless of size, is accessible at the exact same speed as every other site. If you want to stream something on Netflix, or visit your neighborhood pizza shop’s website, both will be accessible on your computer at whatever broadband speed you pay for.
What Internet service providers are trying to do is make it to where they can charge websites premium fees to gain access to these speeds. And those sites that either can’t, or won’t, pay these premium fees to the Internet providers will then be throttled down to potentially unusable levels. Basically, it’s the corporate takeover of how we access everything on the Internet. It’s a massive threat that more Americans need to take far more seriously.
Well, Senator Cruz issued a statement on net neutrality - and subsequently proved that he doesn’t have any idea what it means.
“The FCC’s latest adventure in ‘net neutrality’ would stifle innovation and subject the Internet to nanny-state regulation from Washington.” Cruz wrote in the statement. “Internet freedom has produced robust free speech for billions and a wide-open incubator for entrepreneurs to generate jobs and expand opportunity.”