Survey: 3 in 5 Voters Support Generic Rules that Define Net Neutrality
What is net neutrality, again? It probably depends on who you ask and how you ask.
Last month, 2,194 registered U.S. voters were polled by NCTA – The Internet & Television Association on the topic of net neutrality. For the voter survey, net neutrality was defined as the rules stipulating that internet service providers including “Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon, cannot block, throttle or prioritize certain content on the internet.” The results indicated that 61% had either strong or moderate support for net neutrality. Other results from the survey included:
- Bipartisan support for generic rules that define net neutrality
- Voters say regulating Internet access as a utility would worsen tech innovation
- Strong voter preference for government having a ‘light touch’ when it comes to setting Internet rules and regulations
- Many voters still largely unaware of net neutrality
What is important to note in the survey is how the questions were asked. Many of the questions chose to use language “should the federal government regulate…,” which will result in answers that are different from questions using language that reads “should we protect consumers against large telecom companies.” The Internet & Television Association is the principal trade association of the United States cable industry.
The new head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has said that net neutrality regulations threaten innovation and investment in the broadband industry, and could slow the spread of high-speed connections to underserved communities. The results of this survey will help his and the cable industry position.