Editorial

The right decision on internet access

Monday, June 20, 2016

A recent federal appeals court decision has come down in favor of what has been called net neutrality, keeping equal access to the internet for all Americans. The decision prevents cable and phone companies from blocking websites or creating fast and slow lanes for delivering content on the internet.

The attempt by these providers to charge for the level of access would change the nature of our current open access to information. The plan by the communication companies would be comparable to making our national system of roads operate as toll roads.

The internet needs to be treated as a utility, subject to regulation in the public interest.

The 2 to 1 decision by the panel of judges will be challenged and the matter will likely be heard eventually by the Supreme Court. We hope that the lower court decision is upheld.