Billionaire, Dallas Mavericks owner, and all-around power move puller Mark Cuban doesn’t hold back his contempt for policies he doesn’t like. Wednesday evening, he told the Code/Media conference that the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to regulate the internet — also known as net neutrality — “will fuck everything up.” I tend to agree, and I can’t think of a more succinct way to put it.
The FCC wants to introduce laws that keep large media companies from being able to pay internet service providers to cut in front of the line for priority web traffic. To do that, the FCC is planning to reclassify the internet as a public utility, which means the FCC would have regulatory authority over internet service providers. “Having [the FCC] overseeing the Internet scares the shit out of me,” said Cuban.
This development presents us with an interesting dilemma. In one corner, we have the evil, greedy internet service providers, hoping to maintain their hegemony over the ability to provide horrible customer service, and Mark Cuban has just thrown his hat in their corner. Everyone hates the ISPs, but Cuban is something of a deity to many sports fans and young, recently minted libertarians who just realized that paying taxes sucks. In the other corner, we have the bungling federal government attempting to expand its regulatory reach over the internet: the final frontier full of streaming movies, pictures of cats, and weird porn. Most people also hate the federal government, including much of the readership of this site if my analysis of the comments section is accurate.
Who will you support in this fight? It’s like watching your two least favorite football teams play in the Super Bowl, although a Cowboys/Ravens matchup would be less harmful to my Netflix habit than net neutrality. For my money, I wish both sides would lose..
[via Business Insider]