Because her name’s been seriously bandied about as a potential contender in the 2016 presidential election, anything Elizabeth Warren has to say about policy, because she’s a progressive team player, is what we can reasonably expect from Democratic platforms over the next few years. Today’s trial balloon is on the continuing push for some version of net neutrality:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted the Federal Communication Commission’s recent proposal to let internet service providers charge for access to their customers, saying it would “gut” the principle of net neutrality.
“We don’t know who is going to have the next big idea in this country, but we’re pretty sure they’re going to need to get online to do it,” Warren wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday. “Reports that the FCC may gut net neutrality are disturbing, and would be just one more way the playing field is tilted for the rich and powerful who have already made it.”
Last week the FCC announced that it was essentially backing down on plans to force big internet providers to treat everybody alike in their access to internet users. Under the FCC’s new position, big data sources like Netflix could be forced to pay for access to customers of ISPs like Verizon.
The net neutrality issue is a complicated one, not the least because the term “net neutrality” keeps shifting and tends to mean different things depending on what point in the timeline of the debate one starts researching.