On Sunday, Senator Al Franken explained a large issue concerning net neutrality. While a guest on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Franken was asked his opinion of Senator Ted Cruz’s comments on net neutrality. Senator Franken said, “He has it completely wrong,” while referring to Senator Cruz.
Earlier in November, Senator Cruz said that net neutrality is “Obamacare for the Internet.” Senator Cruz’s comment was in response to the announcement of possible net neutrality legislation.
But Jared Haftel does point out that Senator Franken clarified by saying, “So when he says this is the ObamaCare, ObamaCare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same.”
Sadly, the issues surrounding net neutrality are highly steeped in ignorance and confusion. Net neutrality has existed for over twenty years, but the recent legislation has brought to light dozens of misconceptions. Net neutrality concerns Internet providers and companies that make a profit from sales on the Internet.
Senator Franken’s explanation is a good start. The public should understand that net neutrality is concerned with preservation. Hopefully, the ambiguity around net neutrality will begin to fade as advocates speak more about it. The opinions of Internet and technology companies have been sorely missed on the issue of net neutrality. With any luck, corporations will step in to support the issue in the coming months.