Just getting a Net Neutrality law on the books is huge. It does make the statement that the Internet has to be open to everyone. It tries to tell everyone to play fair. Like so many laws, though, there will ultimately be a series of court cases and challenges that determine just how much protection this new law provides up and coming entrepreneurs trying to launch businesses on the Internet.
For a time it seemed like there might never be a law. Many existing media companies were conflicted, with some divisions favoring strong rules and other divisions as adamantly in favor of doing nothing.
But the step taken by the FCC today is clearly in the right direction. It recognizes the growing power of content and giving the public the best access to that content for a fair price. These digital platforms will go way beyond the business they deliver today.
Increasingly, the Internet and it’s affiliated networks will be delivering everything from our childrens’ education to important information to all forms of entertainment. Encouraging entrepreneurism on these platforms is mission critical for our future and the future of American business.
It will be up to courts and individual cases to help sculpt the actual interpretation of the rules, but for supporters of a free and open internet, that’s the best possible outcome here. They will be able to take individual cases to court or elsewhere and challenge the clarity of the ruling.