The issue of net neutrality largely has remained under the mainstream media's radar. And that's not because they are not interested in the topic; but, rather because until the FCC moved forward with its vote, there wasn't much news to report. The policy discussions -- critically important as they are -- don't often make for good headlines or visually appealing stories.
Keep an important item in mind -- the chair of the FCC, a Democrat, is being joined by his two Democratic commissioners in approving these regulations. The FCC's majority is passing a weak set of rules that don't fully prevent outside interference by businesses.
The two Republican commissioners are opposed, principally because they believe that any regulation on the Internet will be bad for business.
Let me give you an analogy: the Democrats want you to enjoy your local golf course, but they want to give the businesses that control the golf course a chance to influence how you play the game. The Republicans are saying that no regulations are necessary; the market will decide if the golf course is doing the right thing.
Now do you understand why there is such confusion? Today's "yes" vote sounds more like a wimpy "uh, yeah" while the "no" vote sounds like typical pro-business bluster.
This Wall Street Journal report highlights the principal areas of concern regarding net neutrality: