Time for the FCC to stop regulating the net like it’s 1934

I’m into discipline 
Got a Bible in my hand and a beard on my chin 
But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine 
Then tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1699.

This stanza from Weird Al Yankovic’s “Amish Paradise” is particularly relevant to the so-called net neutrality debate as both the song and the laws on which net neutrality are based look back to bygone eras present in this modern age. In Weird Al’s case, he references a lifestyle that shuns modern technologies, choosing to live a simpler life.

The net neutrality debate started in late 2014 as the Federal Communications Commission, at the direction of the White House, with the idea that a regulatory scheme falling under Title II of the Communications Act be applied to the Internet. When the FCC passed net neutrality rules in February 2015 through the “Open Internet Order,” it subjected the Internet to laws passed in the mid-1930s which were designed to regulate telephone monopoly.

Read more at The Hill.

Hauenschild, Jonathon. (2017, April 28) Time for the FCC to stop regulating the net like it’s 1934. Retrieved http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/330998-time-for-the-fcc-to-stop-regulating-the-net-like-its-1934.