It’s all over the news the last couple of months. The idea of regulating the internet might seem like an improbable and impractical pipe dream, but the FCC made it a reality last month, as reported by the New York Times. The set of FCC regulations will act to throttle the free distribution of information and bandwidth with the idea of equalizing between the different telecom companies. However, there are several major issues that remain unsaid or hidden by the push for these new codes. And of course, keep in mind that net neutrality didn’t even pass through Congress but is still legally binding.
What is amazing is that Obama’s FCC Head appointee, Wheeler, had tried to push through FCC regulations that would basically eliminate Net Neutrality, and empower the cable companies on who’s behalf he used to lobby. We ALREADY had a neutral internet, but Obama in particular is not happy that the Progressive views expressed by so called “mainstream media,” are being challenged by alternative news sources that are not biased to the left as they had been until Fox News started taking market share and challenging Obama and his socialist ideas and actions.
So what did Wheeler do to help Obama even the playing field? Well, like any good lobbyist, and student of Orwell, he basically changed the name of his give away to the cable companies and reworded his confiscatory ideas to make people believe he was proposing “Net Neutrality,” [we already had] and all the happy people rejoiced. But wait, not so fast.
1. This will strengthen the big players. Like most government regulation, Net Neutrality is largely based on current or past technology and tactics. These are largely placed in stone and dis-incentivize innovation and does not allow for smaller companies to gain a similar market share like it used to when many of us new lawyers first started advertising online. The big players, and the FCC head’s old friends, including Comcast and Time Warner, already in a strong market position, will be able to use these new regulations to quash any potential competitors and consolidate more power. Large money interests wanted these regulations, as well. The FCC’s own regulations cite a George Soros funded organization 46 times, as reported by the Daily Caller.
2. So Called “Net Neutrality” has become more of a political idea than a policy. Barack Obama’s note to Reddit thanking its users for helping spark Net Neutrality is just the tip of the iceberg. Hillary Clinton is now weighing in, as reported by Time Magazine, saying that she supports the strictest possible set of regulations for net control. For many politicians, this is seen as an opportunity to cast their opponents as being against freedom of expression rather than dealing with the issues at hand.
3. Other countries reject similar regulation. Many in the United States demand laws and regulations that would be more similar to those of Europe. However, Europe has examined regs like Net Neutrality and rejected them. The Wall Street Journal explains that some of the strongest precepts of these regulatory ideas have been rejected. It was apparent that these codes were a 20th century solution to the 21st century’s progress.
Regardless of where a person stands on the FCC’s changes, it becomes apparent that the motivations behind these changes are not pure. In fact, the insistence and vehemence of much of the rhetoric instead highlights the anti-market tendencies of this regulation and its backers. Wheeler is a tool of the cable industry, who in turn is in bed heavy with the Progressive left. Controlling information and where it comes from is a goal of the Progressive left. The internet and non traditional news stations took away the monopoly from the radicalized democrat party, and Obama wants it back. The barons of information and the primarily democrat FCC employees will now begin the process of assuring that the only information we have comes through a pro statist source. If you want to imagine the future under this new Net Neutrality, “imagine a boot stamping on your face, forever” – Orwell.
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