Sentinel And Enterprise: Let’s Avoid Patchwork Net Neutrality

By David Mancuso

The Massachusetts State Legislature is currently considering a series of net neutrality bills that would stifle our innovation economy by pushing a local version of what should be a national regulation. Under the state proposals, net neutrality protections would stop at state borders. They may not even be enforceable. That kind of legislation will do more harm than good to a state with a cutting edge economy.

I think we all agree: the Internet is a critical part of our daily lives and our economy. Network neutrality is a vital component of a vibrant Internet but it’s the World Wide Web, not the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Web. To do net neutrality the right way, the rules must be written on Capitol Hill in Washington, not Beacon Hill in Boston.

We’ve gotten here because last December, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed Title II classification of broadband internet, which treated our 21st century Internet like a 19th century telephone system. The FCC decision sparked a new chapter in the decades-long net neutrality debate. As many feared, Title II endangered network improvements, choked billions of dollars of investments in smarter and faster access to technology that consumers demand.