ISPs deliberately slowing down lanes of traffic might occur in a future of no government regulation. But saying that this sort of thing used to go on and that we’re returning to this because of the repeal of so-called net neutrality is blatantly misleading. Everyone in that video is getting furious about a hypothetical that has never occurred. If you’re the kind of person who thinks the government should put laws in place to protect hypothetical scenarios that are unlikely to occur based on historic data, you’ll be for net neutrality. Otherwise you won’t be.

Update: what would Burger King have to change about their ad in order to make it an historically accurate analogy to ISP favoritism? They’d have to make it so that all the customers get their burgers in the normal timeframe, except for a few people who get their burgers faster than usual. Think of it as the dozen passengers who have priority boarding and who fly first class on an airplane. They’re special, everyone knows it, and everyone’s cool with it.1 Being in favor of net neutrality is roughly equivalent to being against priority boarding on an airplane.

  1. Well, almost everyone. I’m sure you could find some stage 4 liberals who pontificate the “inequality” of riding first class and how world poverty could be ended once and for all if they simply took the extra cost and gave it to those in greatest need, but you get my drift. ↩︎