\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0Yesterday\u2019s filing of statements from hundreds of internet users and advocacy groups to the FCC reopened the net neutrality debate, and I say it\u2019s about time. \n\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 For a couple years now, my worries about the net neutrality debate have been two fold. First, I\u2019ve feared it would end up being portrayed in the same 2-dimensional way all political issues in D.C. get presented these days to the public. In one corner, big business telecommunications companies (and the politicians in their pocket) will say no regulation is needed when it comes to the internet and to prevent them from charging what they like flies in the face of American ideals. In the other corner, the detractors will be a bunch of long-haired, scruffy tech hippies that don\u2019t know anything about free-market capitalism and should go live in a commune up in Northern California.\n\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 But this debate is much more dynamic than that. The beauty is, now the hippies have billion dollar corporations (Google, for one) in their corner who care very much about a free and open market on the web, so the telecoms might not be able to buy this decision like they\u2019d probably hoped. Certainly, the politicians who have been compliant and willing pawns for the telecom's cause have not exactly articulated very good arguments. Meanwhile, the Googles of the world have been supported by people such as Timothy Berners-Lee, who might just know a thing or two about the web. And even some politicians in congress have showed they might hopefully understand the debate.\n\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Yesterday, hundreds of groups and internet users argued the merits of keeping the internet the same for all, but conservative advocacy groups and telecoms fought back, asserting that there is no need for regulation because they haven\u2019t charged more yet for competing content.\n\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 So does that mean we should just wait for them to start doing so? Well, some people think\u00a0 we should roll over and let them because it would fly in the face of free market economics not to. But that argument is so grossly oversimplified because it ignores, with great irony, the fact that equal access to the internet allows for low barriers to entry, which, in turn, allows more and more start-ups and new companies to prosper. If that isn\u2019t American, I don\u2019t know what is.\n\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 But yesterday\u2019s debate also brings up the issue with how out-of-touch Washington is when it comes to the web, and how things must be done to change that. Hopefully, a more tech-oriented group of presidential candidates could show their prowess in the coming years, but that remains to be seen. In this pretty apt list, however, PC Mag writer Dan Costa shows six tech-savvy things the next president should know. \n\nMaybe they won\u2019t subscribe to all of them, but having a list of their own might be a start.