The April 11 news article “House backs net neutrality bill, but consumer law’s Senate future is shaky” presented two sides to the net neutrality debate: one that supports the bill and another that opposes net neutrality altogether.
But, by more than a 3-to-1 margin, business leaders in our network prefer a bipartisan approach over utility-style regulation.
In 2010, Democrats widely supported President Barack Obama’s first plan for net neutrality, which banned blocking and throttling without invoking Title II regulations. Enacting those rules — which were written when Democrats controlled the White House, the Federal Communications Commission, the House and the Senate — is not “caving in.” It’s an approach that could win enough support from Senate Republicans to pass.
Without compromise, Congress will leave consumers and small-business owners who depend on the Internet vulnerable for another two years.
Jim Doyle, Washington
The writer is president of Business Forward.