“America’s approach to broadband policy will be practical, not ideological,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today the Mobile World Congress gathering in Barcelona, Spain.
What does this mean?
If the advance of technology, industry best practices, brand management, competition, transparency / media coverage, and present (non-Title II) enforcement laws can’t prevent actual – not conjectured – harm, then, maybe, the government should step in.
Until then, we should allow ISPs to use positive discrimination – such as priority deals, fast lanes, throttling, blocking and other reasonable business tools – to benefit consumers and society. These practices are employed in every sector of our economy to grow sustainable, beneficial businesses. We should move back to that model for ISPs because they work. They are ideologically neutral, and more free from the intentionally distorting hand of Uncle Sam.
Stated differently, these “practical” marketplace instruments allow the public to determine the public interest, not unelected bureaucrat thieves. They truly give power to the People.