If you like your Internet service, can you keep it? President Obama says no, and that might not sit too well with the nation’s Internet users, which means just about everybody. A Rasmussen poll released today states that Americans are extremely happy with their Internet service: “Seventy-six percent (76%) of Americans who regularly go online rate the quality of their Internet service as good or excellent. Only five percent (5%) consider their service poor.”
As a result of that contentment, the American public strongly opposes the president’s efforts to
ruin the Internet in order to keep costs low for his huge campaign donors such as Google impose net neutrality by way of a government mandate. Rasmussen reports, “just 26% of American Adults agree the Federal Communications Commission should regulate the Internet like it does radio and television. Sixty-one percent (61%) disagree and think the Internet should remain open without regulation and censorship.”
The great majority of the public has come to the conclusion that markets work better than governments at ensuring that consumers get the best service at lowest cost, Rasmussen reports: “Only 19% believe more government regulation is the best way to protect those who use the Internet. Fifty-six percent (56%) feel more free market competition is the best protection. Twenty-five percent (25%) are undecided.”
All of this suggests that Obama’s net neutrality crusade is misguided not only as policy but also as politics. Unfortunately, that has never stopped him before. That’s why we have Obamacare. Perhaps, however, this poll and others will embolden the congressional Republicans to push back against the president and prevent him from imposing a net neutrality mandate. They will need all the resolve they can muster: a president who is both determined and unscrupulous is exceedingly difficult to stop.