In this age of instant gratification, we may be conditioned to think that the most expedient option is the best. But Rome wasn’t built in a day – and we can’t rely on the path of least resistance to protect a free and open internet.
The battle for net neutrality started almost two decades ago, and to see this through to an ethical and equitable solution, we must have a permanent law on the books preventing any internet provider or tech company from blocking websites, manipulating or sharing data, or discriminating online.
Right now, much of the energy is being focused on a quick-fix process in Congress called the Congressional Review Act, a procedural device that will not create permanent statutory rules in net neutrality. While it might restore earlier FCC regulations on the issue, they will still be vulnerable to future partisan challenges.