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Friday, December 03, 2010

Al Gore invented it, now Obama wants to regulate it

Yesterday FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced his intention to add the Internet to the list of communications entities under the regulatory thumb of the federal government. You can kiss your browsing freedom goodbye....

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries. The agency's chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced Wednesday that he circulated draft rules he says will "preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet."

WRONG! Regulation has never made anything more free or open. Once under it's thumb, the Obama administration intends to start regulating content under the phony guise of "fairness". They failed miserably in reinstituting the absurdly named Fairness Doctrine because it was transparently about limiting conservative speech over the airwaves. This is plan B to do the same thing with the Internet.

The administration toadies will whine about the commerce clause but the framers intended that to guarantee free trade among the states, not an open-ended invitation for the federal government to do anything that suits its purposes. The FCC will say that it's only about making sure ISP's don't guide users unfairly to certain domains but that's a canard. It's really about regulating and drumming out content that opposes government in general.

Write, e-mail, fax, or phone your congressman and insist that this take-over of the Internet by the FCC not be allowed.

ADDENDUM: Don't be fooled. The real reason for the Obama administration to seize regulatory control of the Internet isn't really about limiting content it turns out. You see, like they did with "affordable health-care", they will declare that free Internet access to be a basic human right. That way the federal government can coerce taxpayers to provide Internet service to society's poor, unworthy slobs....i.e. democrat voters.


David said...

This is bad. Very bad. But I suspect if they are able to regulate/monitor etc. the current WWW alternates will spring up to replace it.

ed said...

I hope the Web is that dynamic and adaptive now, to the point that its content can never be regulated.