When President Obama argued on Monday for rules to protext an open Internet, he said the regulations should be strong.
Just not too strong.
Where the line would be drawn remains somewhat unclear, though the implications could be major. Under the guidelines suggested by Mr. Obama, broadband Internet service would be treated as a utility by the Feredal Communications Commission, similar to traditional phone service.
But many of the rules that regulate utilities, born of an earlier era, should be ignored, Mr. Obama said. In particular, he said, the government should not try to regulate or dictate the prices that broadband companies charge for their services.