by Ken Jorgustin
President Obama has been urging the FCC to declare ‘the internet’ a Title II utility under ‘the Communications Act’ – a government takeover.
The internet will not remain an open internet once the government essentially takes it over – and regulates it.
When government bureaucrats and politicians get their hands on private enterprise (or pretty much anything) – in this case, the internet – it will cause great harm to an open Internet, competition, innovation, and eventually – FREE SPEECH – in my opinion.
The FCC will apparently be voting on FEBRUARY 26th. You and I though, we have no say whatsoever.
It gets worse…
To make matters worse, ‘the most transparent administration ever’ (sarcasm) is hiding the regulations until approved! I’m not kidding. The 332 page regulation plan is being kept from the public.
Here is President Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. I wish the public could see what’s inside. pic.twitter.com/bwwAsk8ZiB
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) February 6, 2015
Ajit Pai Commissioner at the FCC
(Why do I think this is some kind of good cop/bad cop play …dog and pony show?)
The vote if passed by the FCC (it appears that it might – at the ‘urging’ of the President’), will adopt ‘net neutrality rules’ that redefine broadband internet as a regulated, communications service – essentially a public utility.
Note: Also get ready for a bunch of new federal taxes disguised as access fees on the service.
While the phrase ‘net neutrality’ may sound appealing – don’t let it fool you…
The surface issue at hand is that it (government takeover) will prohibit Internet service providers from playing favorites, for example by offering speedier service to some content providers over others.
In reality, these issues in the free marketplace work themselves out. When government steps in – well, most of you know what happens…
Billionaire Mark Cuban said the other day – “Net Neutrality Will ‘F’ Everything Up” and said he doesn’t want the FCC’s political appointees regulating the Internet. (I’m sure he’s not alone)
One senator, Mark Lee, has called the regulation a government “takeover” of the internet and says it amounts to a,
“a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.”
Underneath the surface, at issue (with me and many others) is the probability of governmental restrictions on free speech. The internet has been an open place for anyone to express their ideas, opinions, and whatever else. It has literally re-shaped our insight as a people. While there’s always a bad element, the ‘good’ that an open internet provides has been revolutionary.
Once our free voice is gone (regulated), it’s over.
While no-one can say one way or the other what’s in the 332 page regulatory plan (it’s under lock and key), and while it might not impose any current regulations on free speech or censorship (although it might), who’s to say that ‘down the road’ the regulations will not be modified to begin curtailing free speech?
One might be thinking that the government may have an interest in controlling what is said on the internet – given their dwindling mainstream news market share on propaganda TV, and I would say that you might be right about that (although they will never say it of course). Once dot-gov has their foot in the door – watch out…
In a world where the web is open and free, one man has a secret plan to seize control of the internet. He has a phone. And he has a pen. And he claims he has the power to do it.
The attempt by the Obama Administration to regulate the Internet as a public utility will take power away from consumers and small business owners, and places it in the hands of Government.
The Obama Administration has one of the worst records on privacy and freedom. Now the government wants the power to regulate your Internet and have the ultimate say in which websites are viewed. The White House is spiraling into a tyrannical “Big Brother” government, imposing regulations and monitoring what people can do and say. The Internet is just the last stop on the government’s mission to control free speech.
This will be the new “Department Of The Internet” Helpline:
I’m not sure what you (we) can do about this – given that this vote is apparently outside the influence of your congressman (contact them anyway!), but maybe you could contact the FCC commissioners office and let them know what you think…
#Anarchy comes to mind.
Tom Wheeler is the person heading up the vote on FEBRUARY 26th.
There are 3 people to contact directly at the FCC who are apparently planning to vote in favor of government takeover (Title II) of the internet.
There are 5 FCC commissioners who will be voting on FEBRUARY 26th. Two of them republican, three of them democrats appointed by Barack Hussein Obama.
1. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler
2. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (D) Email here
3. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (D) Email here
Demand that we see the 332 page regulation document BEFORE they vote, and/or insist that government stay out of the open internet in a free marketplace.
Find your representative: