Rush Limbaugh warned his listeners Monday that net neutrality was part of a secret plot to undermine the radio host as well as Fox News and to control the media.
Limbaugh's scare tactics come amid an industry-funded push in the media to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from passing rules to defend net neutrality.
But Tim Karr, senior director of strategy at Free Press, explained on Media Matters Radio that net neutrality regulations simply protect the principle that all content should be subject to the same rules. “It's just a question of regulation for whom,” Karr said, explaining that the FCC rule reclassifying broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon as utilities would protect users.
According to Karr, those protections are necessary given the push by companies like Comcast and Verizon to control Internet access:
We need to put in place protections against these companies, because they have spoken out on numerous occasions over the last 10 years about their desire not just to simply provide us with access, but to start to try to privilege certain Web sites and to slow down others so that they can have more control over the future of this communications medium.
Karr also pushed back on claims that net neutrality protections would cost jobs. “They are simply scare tactics,” he told Media Matters Radio. According to The New York Times editorial board, the FCC's “strong rules will actually help innovation flourish.”
Listen to Tim Karr refute net neutrality myths on the February 7 edition of SiriusXM's Media Matters Radio: