By Brent Wilkes
The recent story, “Bill would provide internet users in Md. with privacy protection and net neutrality”overlooks the potential consequences of states passing their own Internet laws, which would create a complex web of competing rules that could result in price increases for customers and reduced investment that would expand broadband infrastructure for residents in Maryland.
The bill being considered in Annapolis also ignores that the Federal Communications Commission’s order to remove Depression-era regulations on the Internet already includes transparency rules that Internet Services Providers to disclose their open Internet business practices, which are enforceable by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.
By removing outdated rules, the FCC’s order will catalyze investment in broadband infrastructure that can connect more people to the benefits of high-speed Internet, including the more-than 700,000 Maryland residents who live in rural areas that are harder and more expensive to connect.