In an op-ed for the San Jose Mercury News, Larry Downes of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society defends exempting wireless from proposed net neutrality rules:
Why the distinction? As anyone with a smartphone knows, wireless broadband access is seriously constrained by overburdened cellular networks.
There are ways to increase the speed and reliability of cellular networks, but they require a combination of new technologies, additional spectrum allocation and the cooperation of local communities, many of whom resist additional towers and other infrastructure.
So for now a growing consensus of Internet service and content providers acknowledges that wireless network operators need flexibility. To ensure service to all customers, for example, some wireless broadband users may not be able to use cell phones to transfer large files or watch high-definition videos.