President Obama has voiced his support for strict net neutrality regulations, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is not pleased.
In a statement released Monday, Obama expressed concern that broadband providers would turn into “gatekeepers” of online access and said the Internet should be reclassified as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
While Internet activists and tech bloggers have been almost unanimously supportive of the announcement, Cruz spoke out against government intervention in the telecom industry.
“The biggest regulatory threat to the Internet is net neutrality," Cruz said in an emailed statement. "In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It puts the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service, and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities, and higher prices for consumers. The Internet should not operate at the speed of government."