One year after net neutrality ends, left-wing predictions of doom fail to materialize
At this time last year, the Trump administration and the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality regulations, and left-wing pundits were hysterical. Supposedly, the Internet would no longer be free and innovation would be stifled.
Fast forward to today, and the Internet is better than ever. Recently, Ookla, a company that provides Internet speed-testing services, issued its annual Speedtest report on Internet speeds throughout the United States. Average speeds are 40 percent faster in the country than they were last year.
This statistic is essential to the debate over net neutrality because critics of the regulations were concerned that net neutrality would cause companies to stop investing in faster broadband. The regulations prevented broadband owners from charging more to data-heavy sites such as Netflix or YouTube, or to websites owners who wished to ease access to their visitors’ sites.
Net neutrality is a concept that states that an Internet service provider must treat all traffic equally, instead of charging one web site more than another, or prioritizing some traffic over other traffic. The dispute is similar to rent control, where real estate developers are hesitant to build affordable housing if they fear that they would not be able to charge enough rent to recoup their investment.
Despite the success of Trump’s policy, liberals cannot admit that they are wrong, so they want to bring back the old policy. The Internet is not slower, and it is not more expensive. Yet Democrats, led by Speaker-in-Waiting Nancy Pelosi, are promising that they will revive the fight over net neutrality.
Lost in the shuffle about Internet service providers treating people equally is that Republicans feel that platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter treat Republicans unfairly, and are calling for regulations akin to net neutrality. It would be ironic if Republicans tried to impose neutrality regulations on certain web sites while decrying similar regulations on broadband companies.