A series of tubes
The argument I hear from Ajit Pai, current chair of the FCC, is the net neutrality “stifles innovation.” What I don’t hear is exactly to what sort of innovation he refers.
Regarding the internet, the job of Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, et al., is throughput. Provide the fastest and most reliable throughput as possible. As the late Senator from Alaska understood and described it, the internet is a “series of tubes.” These aforementioned companies are the tubes. What goes into those tubes is none of their damn business.
Imagine if an electric utility held back on delivering electricity to certain neighborhoods or businesses; if the water company choked off the water supply to a city. Not because of any fundamental resource restraint – for the GOP, there are apparently no resource constraints – but because they must be allowed to innovate.
I believe, therefore, that when Pai refers to “innovation,” he means profit innovation. How can Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T figure out new ways to profit from what is now all but a utility, like AC and water. That’s certainly how it is sold; “… we can’t live without Wi-Fi“.
Indeed, many of us have never lived without it. For those people especially, your world is about to change. Of course, it already has.