If I understand the reports correctly, the FCC voted on Thursday that broadband ISPs were common carriers that could be regulated using Title II. The importance of this decision can’t be overstated. The internet is what it is today because it has been left alone to grow independent from governmental or commercial regulation or interference.
If ISPs were allowed to use their captive markets to monetize delivery of content, it would have harmed not just the customers of the ISPs but the entire ecosystem of the internet. The internet is probably the purest example we have ever had of a truly market driven economy anywhere and anywhen. The success of any idea is determined directly by consumers.
While Thursday’s decision by the FCC is reassuring, the internet faces other threats which we have to continue to be vigilant for. The growth and success of the recent Arab Spring movement is directly connected to the internet. But other governments continue to try to manipulate the internet to further their own interests; most significantly, the governments of China, the US and North Korea have attacked internet users and continue to do so. We need to rebuff the efforts of these governments and protect this valuable global resource.