Dispelling misconceptions in the Open Internet debate

Last week, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and others headlined a press conference organized by several progressive groups, which focused on anticipated changes that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may make to its Open Internet rules. The event appeared designed to serve notice that supporters of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Title II reclassification approach will (loudly) oppose any efforts at regulatory reform. Unfortunately, in the wake of that press conference, several misconceptions about the issue are circulating, as one might expect when nuanced policy debates are reduced to 140-character-or-less sound bites. This blog post is a first stab at dispelling the most problematic issues.