Ted Cruz Criticizes 'Net Neutrality' In Austin

Nov 14, 2014

On Friday U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas visited the Capital Factory, a startup business incubator in Austin, to make a speech opposing net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Last week President Obama called for more regulation of Internet service providers to prevent them from providing preferential access to some companies. Cruz argued that regulating the Internet will still end up favoring large companies with armies of lobbyists.

"The worst thing that could happen is letting a whole bunch of politicians come in and regulate every aspect of what you’re doing," Cruz said. "The reason the Internet has had the dynamism, the opportunity, the freedom the diversity is because it hasn’t been plagued by excessive regulation."

Supporters of net neutrality argue that unless the internet is regulated, internet service providers are be able to charge users differently, depending on what kind of service they provide.

In his speech, Cruz touched on other tech issues including his opposition of an Internet sales tax and NSA surveillance.