By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-12-17
On the eve of Wednesday’s net neutrality day of action that will be devoted mostly to advocating for retaining Title II classification of internet access providers, NCTA: The Internet & Television Association blogged against conflating that regulatory regime with an open internet.
“In the opinion of the Day of Action organizers, reversing Title II threatens the net-neutrality principles that today govern the internet; namely, that internet providers cannot block, throttle, or unfairly prioritize content that they carry over their networks,” the association blogged. “To be clear though, Title II and net neutrality are not even remotely the same thing. Title II is a complicated set of rules from the 1930s meant to govern an era when rotary dial telephones were in vogue. It has as much relevance to the internet as a horse and buggy has to an airplane.”
While day of action activists have said they are trying to educate and rally the public about their cause of preserving the Title II-based 2015 Open Internet order, the NCTA said the real goal is to scare them into thinking if Title II is rolled back, so will their protections against a degraded online experience. » Read More