Ted Cruz Ignorantly And Dangerously Bashes Net Neutrality as ‘Obamacare For The Internet’

Once again, Ted Cruz shows us all why he not only is unfit to be a senator, but why he is unfit to be President. While President Obama has embraced internet neutrality, calling on federal regulators to toughen their proposed net-neutrality laws for the Internet which includes the very controversial step of subjecting broadband providers to stricter utility-like regulation, Cruz sends off embarrassing tweets that show he has no idea what he is talking about. As if that would surprise anyone.

Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government,Senator Cruz tweeted. 

Cruz, like every other conservative in the United States, views net neutrality not as a consumer protection, but rather an intrusion of unnecessary governmental regulation. Republicans, including Cruz, have fought tooth and nail against any form of net neutrality, slamming the president (as they always do) for urging a stronger government presence on the issue. They have opted to forgo fairness of the Internet for the corporate support of Internet providers. I can’t say I’m surprised. Cruz currently serves on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, which handles internet governance and FCC oversight.

Fortune’s Dan Primack had a brilliant response to the Senator’s asinine tweet:

Is Cruz arguing that Obama’s proposal, if adopted by the FCC, would slow down the entire Internet? If that is what Cruz is alluding to, then he is even more clueless than he appears to be.

“Does he believe that ISPs will simply throw up their hands at the extra regulation, and stop maintaining the current broadband infrastructure? Or is it that ISPs will stop improving their delivery services, meaning that today’s speeds are tomorrow’s speeds ad infinitum? If so, it seems that Sen. Cruz has very little faith in America’s capitalist spirit, in which established companies improve for the sake of taking market-share from one another, and in which entrepreneurs try to create something that completely disrupts the status quo. Remember, it’s not as if ISPs are operating on the brink of unprofitability — Comcast and Verizon, for example, are projected to generate combined annual profits in excess of $25 billion.

Moreover, regulated utilities do sometimes receive approval to raise rates (just take a look at what’s happening to Massachusetts electricity prices this winter).

Again, there is a real debate to be had over net neutrality. But no matter where it winds up, Sen. Cruz should rest assured that the Internet won’t be slowed down.”

President Obama takes a different approach from the blissfully ignorant Cruz, saying “Ever since the Internet was created, it’s been organized around basic principles of openness, fairness and freedom,” in a video posted on the White House website. “There are no gatekeepers deciding which sites you get to access. There are no toll roads on the information superhighway. Abandoning these principles would threaten to end the Internet as we know it.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Supporters of tough net-neutrality rules want the FCC to reclassify broadband providers to make them subject to regulation similar to that of telephone companies under Title 2 of the Telecommunications Act.”

Current and past FCC officials have lauded the President’s statements and position on neutrality, expressing gratitude for his support. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the President’s backing is “an important, welcome addition.” Former chairman Michael Copps thanked President Obama “And thanks to the millions of Americans who helped make this happen.”

President Obama even took it a step further, asking for the rules to apply to mobile Internet as well as land-line access, a request the FCC is seriously considering.

Verizon, who spied on Americans, expressed disapproval of the net-neutrality rules (shocker) saying:

“Verizon supports the open Internet, and we continue to believe that the light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet’s success. Reclassification under Title 2, which for the first time would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet, would be a radical reversal of course that would in and of itself threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation.”

Once again we have an example of the GOP suckling at the corporate tete and telling millions of Americans to “just deal with it.” Are you still going to push for Cruz in 2016, even as he seeks to dismantle our internet?