Canadian-born U.S. senator, Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been a vocal opponent of net neutrality, even though he doesn't actually seem to understand what net neutrality is. Cruz was none too happy with the recent announcement by FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, about the FCC's plans to regulate internet providers as a utility, and decided to make a HILARIOUS video about it:
The video shows a pixelated Obama, with a fake Obama voice over, announcing that the FCC has "taken over the internet" and will now "set prices" for pretty much all internet related activities. It then ends with a dumb Healthcare.gov joke because why not.
Now while I'm sure some conservatives will no doubt enjoy Ted Cruz's attempt at EVISCERATING Obama, a few things should be pointed out.
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, Cruz has demonstrated in the past to have no idea what net neutrality actually is, and that appears to still be the case. To be very clear, the government isn't "taking over" the internet. Net Neutrality basically means that telecoms have to treat all data equally. This means that companies like Comcast and Time Warner would charge you the same amount of money whether you're streaming something off of Netflix or browsing this blog. In other words, the recent announcement by the FCC has the effect of keeping things as they always have been. It's just simply a different way of doing the same thing.
And that's one of the things that makes the debate on this subject really frustrating. Conservatives like Ted Cruz, would have you believe that this is some radical, world changing feature, when in fact, it's the exact opposite. Wheeler's proposal keeps the status quo. By eliminating Net Neutrality, Cruz and his ilk would be the ones radically changing the internet.
I'm sure Cruz knows that's a pretty unpopular position to take, so he's trying to muddle the issue by attributing his own awful position as Obama's and Wheeler's. This sort of reality warping is a favorite tactic of Republicans, but hopefully people are smart enough to not fall for it.