I don’t like to get into politics, but I have taken advantage of technology to send messages to our representatives. Being from Texas gives me the honor of informing Sen. Ted Cruz what I think about things and I chose to voice my opinion about the FCC position on Net Neutrality a few weeks ago. The response from his office on October 23 is below.
“Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding net neutrality. Input from my fellow Texans significantly informs my decision-making and helps me better represent your interests.
The FCC’s latest ‘net neutrality’ order, a proposal to give itself the authority to dictate how Internet services will be provided to millions of Americas, would stifle innovation and subject the Internet to nanny-state regulation from Washington. Twice, a federal court has ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to regulate the internet, and the FCC has yet utterly failed to present evidence of an actual problem that this proposal is supposed to address. This approach must be rejected.
Since 1996, more than $1 trillion has been invested in broadband infrastructure in the United States, which has led to an explosion of new content, applications, and Internet accessibility. Congress, not an unelected commission, should take the lead on modernizing our telecommunications laws, and the FCC must not endanger future investments by stifling growth in the online sector, which remains a much-needed bright spot in our struggling economy.
Thank you again for sharing your views with me. Please feel free to contact me in the future about any issue important to your family. It is an honor to serve you and the people of Texas.”
Earlier today the Senator posted the following on Twitter. As I read his tweet against the backdrop of his earlier response via email, I’m totally confused.
“Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014
I don’t envy our representatives. Trying to balance idealogical opinions against, party politics, constituents, donors, etc. is not my cup of tea. However, I wish the Senator had chosen to pursue a different course of action. For all I know Obama may intend to do something really crazy with Broadband access. But on the surface if you treat broadband like electricity or water is that the wrong direction?