by Rod D. Martin
March 13, 2015
In the wake of the Democrat-controlled FCC’s decision to regulate the Internet using 1930s telecommunications laws, Mark Cuban has some not-so-nice things to say about Washington D.C.’s Internet power grab. From Business Insider:
Cuban says net neutrality will “f— everything up.” He says there is little evidence that giant tech companies have ever “throttled” the internet to reduce speeds, so he doesn’t see them as a threat.
For Cuban, “net neutrality is just a demonization of big companies.”
While some may say that there isn’t enough competition offered by wireless companies to traditional wired networks, Cuban doesn’t mince words.
You may not like the depth of competition wireless currently provides, but wireless networks are getting better by the day and standards are being set for 5G that will compete with wired broadband.
Verizon wasn’t shy about making its opinions on the matter known, either: shortly after the FCC’s partisan decision to regulate the Internet, Verizon issued a press release – in Morse Code and dated 1934 – decrying the use of “badly antiquated regulations” to impose broadband rules from the era of steam locomotives and telegraphs.
The term “Net Neutrality” was carefully chosen for its Orwellian qualities, and it has sucked in many otherwise brilliant people in Silicon Valley. But make no mistake: Washington’s power grab holds very real potential to cripple or even cook the Internet’s golden goose. It must be resisted and overturned.