Since there is no such thing in the U.S. as a national referendum on laws or regulations, do you have any other suggestions?
Since you asked, yes. A constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood and establishing that money is not speech.
Good. Let's wait to pass net neutrality after you ban corporations like the New York Times, and people aren't allowed to spend money to advance their opinions.
The thing that net neutrality advocates fail to do is to describe the regulatory system they want to put in place.
That's horseshit. We have a very nice regulatory model to put in place. It's called, "common carrier".
You're advocating a model like taxis where the regulators are overtly hostile to innovation, such as Lyft and Uber. Or if you want to go the utility route, where electric companies are forced to use a certain percentage of their electricity from favored producers such as wind farms and solar and rates are set by a centralized board. Maybe a slogan like "Net Neutrality, it'll be run just like the FAA!" would catch on.
Ah, the exceptions. Once VOIP 911 calls are mandated to be prioritized over other data, then you'll get medical data prioritized, which makes sense, because we don't want to kill people, and then
... the same big bad companies will lobby for their data, and net neutrality becomes the opposite of net neutrality. Whoops.
Good job inventing red herrings. "Net Neutrality is bad because bad people might do bad things in the future."
Free markets have utterly failed when it comes to infrastructure. Why should we trust it with something as important as communications?
We should trust free markets with infrastructure because they built the infrastructure we're using to discuss this. It's working pretty well. If you prefer a historical example, compare the great northern railroad with the first transcontinental railroad. The first was privately built and quite successful, the second received massive government subsidies, had shoddy construction, and was designed to scam the investors out of their money. As for red herrings, the phrase you're looking for is "regulatory capture," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.... If net neutrality comes into being, I can absolutely guarantee you Cisco, Comcast, and Google will be sending their armies (figuratively) to capture the agency.