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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Through the Looking Glass Award: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Comcast)

By now I'm sure you've heard about Sen. Ted Cruz' tweet about Net Neutrality:

Gods. Where to start? How about my designation of Ted Cruz as (R-Comcast)? Turns out, he's one of many.

And of course, he's flipped reality on its head. His tweet was in response to this statement from the President:
An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements, and bringing communities closer together, it has been one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.

“Net neutrality” has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.

Click through to read the whole thing.

In essence, Cruz is coming out against maintaining the free and open Internet that we now have. He wants the major ISPs -- Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, TimeWarner -- to be able to dictate who gets what content and what speeds. The battle-cry, of course, is "No regulation! Free market! Freedom!" This follow-up tweet from Cruz' communications director summarizes Cruz' bullshit statement neatly:

Amanda Carpenter @amandacarpenter

Net neutrality puts gov't in charge of determining pricing, terms of service, and what products can be delivered. Sound like Obamacare much?

9:51 AM - 10 Nov 2014

It's a lie, of course.

Ted Cruz and his team have the facts wrong about net neutrality. Obama specifically said the government would NOT be in charge of pricing: "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act — while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services."

A lot of the commenters on various sites reporting this little dust-up assume Cruz is stupid. He's not. He's throwing red meat to his base. Besides, Obama supports Net Neutrality. Therefore, the Republicans are agin' it.

Given that the FCC's website entertained over 4 million comments from the public, overwhelmingly in favor of Net Neutrality, it's going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

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