Now that the big boys who actually know something about business in relation to the internet have had a chance to read through Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s “net neutrality” proposal, internet billionaire Mark Cuban had this to say:
â€œThat will fuck everything up,â€ said the voluble Cuban in remarks Wednesday at theCode/Media conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
No kidding! Â How and why? Â According to an re/code piece the reason is rather simple:
In early February, FCCÂ Chairman Tom WheelerÂ proposed tough new rules for Internet lines that would prohibit wired and wireless broadband providers from collecting paymentÂ to cut to theÂ front of the line, or blocking and throttling lawful content and services.
Cuban said thisÂ bid to significantly expand the agencyâ€™s authority to regulate broadband providers is nothing more than an attack on giant media companies like Comcast*.
â€œNet neutrality is just a demonization ofÂ big companies,â€ Cuban said.
Where have we heard that before? Â Mr. Cuban has no problem with Congress passing a law that would prohibit internet providers from blocking legal content, but sees no reason for government commissions to have oversight on a “utility” that so far has been successful in policing itself within the boundries of U.S. law:
Cuban said he does not want a group of political appointees at the FCC regulating the Internet.
â€œHaving them overseeing the Internet scares the shit out of me,â€ Cuban said.
No arguments here.