Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has positioned himself in opposition to the US Federal Communications Commission’s recent decisions on Network Neutrality.
In a policy outline published on his website, Bush says:
The Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality rule classifies all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as “public utilities,” subjecting them to antiquated “common carrier” regulation. Rather than enhancing consumer welfare, these rules prohibit one group of companies (ISPs) from charging another group of companies (content companies) the full cost for using their services. Small broadband operators—like KWISP (475 customers in rural Illinois) and Wisper ISP (8,000 customers near St. Louis, Mo)—have declared under penalty of perjury that the Net Neutrality rule has caused them to cut back on investments to upgrade and expand their networks.
In February, the FCC voted 3-2 to reclassify Internet access as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act. Broadband providers were reclassified as “common carriers” in relation to their domestic and mobile Internet customers, giving the FCC a greater mandate to regulate in favour of network neutrality.
For more information, see: Jeb Bush Proudly Promises To Axe Net Neutrality If Elected – Techdirt