As the net neutrality debate heats up, pro-net neutrality groups are facing the harsh reality that this debate is becoming much more contentious than originally anticipated. Groups like the Gun Owners of America (GOA), original members of the Save the Internet coalition, are now rethinking their support for this issue as the truth about what net neutrality really is becomes more apparent.
Erich Pratt, Communications Director for GOA and spokesperson for the group stated “Back in 2006 we supported net neutrality, as we had been concerned that AOL and others might continue to block pro-second amendment issues.” “The issue has now become one of government control of the Internet, and we are 100 percent opposed to that,” stated Pratt.
As the net neutrality issue garners more attention among Americans, the coalition’s ties to groups like the ACLU, ACORN, MoveOn.org, and Free Press are raising eyebrows. According to Tim Karr, Campaign Director for Save the Internet “Anytime you approach an election, these issues tend to be politicized.” That may be true, but perhaps Mr. Karr should acknowledge that Americans are beginning to illustrate tell-tale signs that they do not support the direction the FCC is taking on net neutrality talks. In other words, Americans prefer that the FCC limit its regulatory authority over the Internet.