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Ben Thompson: ‘Pro Neutrality, Anti-Title II’

Ben Thompson sides with the FCC chairman in the debate over regulating Internet providers:

Allow me to state this point plainly: I am absolutely in favor of net neutrality… I am willing to make trade-offs (specifically data caps) to achieve it. The question at hand, though, is what is the best way to achieve net neutrality? To believe that Chairman Pai is right is not to be against net neutrality; rather, it is to believe that the FCC’s 2015 approach was mistaken.

This is a well reasoned argument (as I always expect from Thompson). I hope he’s right, because the FCC changes are going to happen regardless. And I do hope that, in the future, Congress will pass laws that make the public responsibilities of Internet providers much clearer, though I’m not going to hold my breath on that one.