A Really Bad Idea – An Internet Agency

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President Clinton would like a new regulatory agency for the Internet. He was reassuring (irony here) in his remarks when he said it would be like NPR. Would it be NPI – National Public Internet? I guess that means new csars and a lot more control transferred to the Executive Branch.Bill Clinton said it must be completely transparent. He is either naive or hoping beyond hope. Even if this administration was transparent, and I don’t think it is, what’s to say the next one would be?

Unfortunately, some leaders never learn. Every time we have a successful enterprise, our leaders regulate it. All of that regulation costs money and means more government workers. It breeds more corruption. It chips away at the profits and benefits until there aren’t any.

 

“Bill Clinton doesn’t like all the misinformation and rumors floating on the Internet. And he thinks the United Nations or the U.S. government should create an agency to do something about it.

“It would be a legitimate thing to do,” Clinton said in an interview airing Friday on CNBC.
The agency, Clinton said, would “have to be totally transparent about where the money came from” and would have to be “independent” because “if it’s a government agency in a traditional sense, it would have no credibility whatever, particularly with a lot of the people who are most active on the internet.”

“Let’s say the U.S. did it, it would have to be an independent federal agency that no president could countermand or anything else because people wouldn’t think you were just censoring the news and giving a different falsehood out,” Clinton said.

“That is, it would be like, I don’t know, National Public Radio or BBC or something like that, except it would have to be really independent and they would not express opinions, and their mandate would be narrowly confined to identifying relevant factual errors” he said. “And also, they would also have to have citations so that they could be checked in case they made a mistake. Somebody needs to be doing it, and maybe it’s a worthy expenditure of taxpayer money.” Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54951.html#ixzz1MH8NaFCu
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