Obama recently recently broke his conspicuous silence on net neutrality, declaring his support for heavy-handed Internet regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. Shortly after, Senator Ted Cruz grabbed headlines with his provocative response to the president:
“Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014
The Oatmeal, a comics and quiz website, took issue with Cruz’s analogy, and published a widely circulated, condescending rebuke, which purported to “explain how the Internet works” to the Senator. Our hats go off to The Oatmeal, as they certainly know how to make something go viral. The problem? Their post is simply dead wrong on how the Internet and net neutrality actually work.
Thankfully, our own Berin Szoka set the record straight on the Cato Daily Podcast: