Sounds strikingly like an incumbent lobbyist...
With the hopes for passage of any meaningful network neutrality laws largely dashed for now, the often murky debate seemed to have quieted down of late. That meant we got a break from misleading cartoons
and painfully lame videos
for a while. But apparently, that peace is about to be broken.
The Department of Justice today chimed in to note that they're opposed to network neutrality. The agency all but mirrored the arguments of incumbent operators and their lobbyists in a press release
In its filing the Department said that some regulatory proposals offered by various companies and organizations in the name of "net neutrality" could deter broadband Internet providers from upgrading and expanding their networks to reach more Americans. . . The Department stated that precluding broadband providers from charging content and application providers directly for faster or more reliable service "could shift the entire burden of implementing costly network expansions and improvements onto consumers."
It's curious, because while we may have napped through some college classes, we're fairly sure that the role of the Justice Department is to enforce the law, not
to act as the public relations department for industry. Justice, last we checked, was intended to be impartial.
Incumbent operators (and their think tanks
) defeated the push for network neutrality laws by arguing they would result in no infrastructure investment and a bandwidth apocalypse. Since the entire subject confuses the hell out of most lawmakers, the fear worked well to derail Congressional network neutrality proposals.
Of course, contrary to the DOJ's statement, the interest for companies like Google wasn't in laws that prevented ISPs from offering "faster or more reliable service"
-- it was in laws that prevented providers from discriminating against competing content (since most ISPs are now content juggernauts
) and services.
Still, the fear of such laws has kept the mega-ISPs on their best behavior -- for the time being.