The FCC has voted 3-2 along political lines to extend the government’s reach and regulate the internet via net neutrality. This vote coming despite one FCC Commissioner calling net neutrality a “solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist”.
The vote to institute net neutrality rules marks the first time the government has stepped into the world of internet regulation. Proponent’s of the net neutrality rules say that the move allows the government to stop companies from controlling too much of the internet. This is a blow to the free market system and will eventually lead to further infringement on our first and fourth amendment rights.
Net neutrality is a massive power grab cloaked in the idea that it “makes things fair” or “sticks it to big corporations” like Comcast. So what? That damage will trickle down to the consumer and we’ll pay higher prices for reduced quality of service. The free market is all that’s necessary; a permanent solution. Net neutrality attacks a problem that does not exist.
Like Obamacare and Common Core, the primary objective of net neutrality is control. They all represent government growth on a grand scale as well as the loss of individual liberty and economic freedom.
The federal leviathan has a track record of destroying, not fixing. I believe progressives and liberals will support bigger government and soft tyranny until they draw their final breath.
Thankfully one FCC Commissioner warned the public, it’s unfortunate that not enough people listened.
According to FCC Comissioner Ajit Pai:
First, President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works. It’s an overreach that will let a Washington bureaucracy, and not the American people, decide the future of the online world. It’s no wonder that net neutrality proponents are already bragging that it will turn the FCC into the “Department of the Internet.” For that reason, if you like dealing with the IRS, you are going to love the President’s plan.
Second, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet will increase consumers’ monthly broadband bills. The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband. Indeed, states have already begun discussions on how they will spend the extra money. These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.
Third, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet will mean slower broadband for American consumers. The plan contains a host of new regulations that will reduce investment in broadband networks. That means slower Internet speeds. It also means that many rural Americans will have to wait longer for access to quality broadband.
Fourth, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet will hurt competition and innovation and move us toward a broadband monopoly. The plan saddles small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market. As a result, Americans will have fewer broadband choices. This is no accident. Title II was designed to regulate a monopoly. If we impose that model on a vibrant broadband marketplace, a highly regulated monopoly is what we’ll get. We shouldn’t bring Ma Bell back to life in this dynamic, digital age.
Fifth, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet is an unlawful power grab. Courts have twice thrown out the FCC’s attempts at Internet regulation. There’s no reason to think that the third time will be the charm. Even a cursory look at the plan reveals glaring legal flaws that are sure to mire the agency in the muck of litigation for a long, long time. And sixth, the American people are being misled about what is in President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet. The rollout earlier in the week was obviously intended to downplay the plan’s massive intrusion into the Internet economy. Beginning next week, I look forward to sharing with the public key aspects of what this plan will actually do.
It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Samuel Adams
Those of us who stand up for the words in the Constitution are the tireless minority that Samuel Adams spoke of, except the brush fires of freedom we’ve set are not waking people up in time to stop these power grabs. Even the red tsunami of November did not speak loudly enough to motivate Congress to stop Obama’s executive amnesty.
It is unlikely that the GOP establishment will fight this Obama power grab. Considering the scenarios that will begin to play out after these rules take effect next year is chilling.