Barack Obama has taken over the FCC and the Internet. I previously posted information about this which was made known thanks to Republican FCC Commission Ajit Pai. He was not supposed to release any information before it becomes final on February 26th. The rule is being put through under cover of complete secrecy.
The government has invented a problem on the Internet that doesn’t exist to create a solution using authority it doesn’t have putting people in charge who do not have the expertise.
Obama’s new regulations will control rates of any net provider and all their relationships.
The FCC is supposed to be independent but Mr. Obama told the FCC exactly what he wants. His new neutrality law does the opposite of what he claims it will do.
It is a government takeover of every aspect of the Internet. It will cost billions – over $11 billion to start – and it will control what is on the Internet. Providers will be under the powerful control of the government.
Ajit Pai is trying to raise the alarm but people are not responding.
As an aside, the government has taken a step towards controlling political blogs. They are looking for oversight to see who donors to blogs and other websites might be. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and others in the Democratic totalitarian party are looking to remove all legal protections from blogs and not treat them as journalists or allow them the same free speech rights.
Listen to Commissioner Pai on Mark Levin:
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the 332-page net neutrality plan is a big government takeover of the Internet and will provide innumerable opportunities to add new taxes and controlling regulations.
“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,” Pai said. “The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband…These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.”
The plan hinders investment, will slow network speed and expansion, and limit growth to rural areas, the commissioner said.
“The plan saddles small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market,” Pai said. “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.”
The same authority that made the telephone into a public utility is the same one that will be used to make the Internet into a public utility – the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
“Courts have twice thrown out the FCC’s attempts at Internet regulation,” Pai said recalling the lawsuit that struck down the FCC’s Internet authority last year, setting off the year-long debate. “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.” (RELATED: FCC Votes For New ‘Net Neutrality’ Internet Regulations)
The FCC plan is Barack Obama’s plan and it is opposed by lawmakers, regulators and industry lobbyists.
Mr. Obama said his FCC regulations will keep the Internet ‘free and open’. In actuality, it will allow the government to dictate how web traffic flows and the government will be able to authorize paid fast lanes on the Internet in lieu of the providers.
Web providers will allegedly have to redistribute all Internet service as if all sites were equal.
While claiming they don’t want the Internet to pick winners and losers, which Mr. Obama does all the time, the government will be able to pick winners and losers if they choose to do so.
Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which is the rule in question, has more than 100 pages of regulations that common carriers must follow to ensure they act “in the public interest.” Section 706 is two paragraphs long.
Section 706 would give the FCC the authority to regulate ISPs to “promote competition in the local telecommunications market” and “remove barriers to infrastructure investment.”
With Title II, the second subsection (202) clearly states that common carriers can’t “make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services.”
The government will now decide.
The FCC’s plan allows companies to pay ISPs for preferential treatment. So much for net neutrality.
Pai has only just begun to let the public know what this plan means to the American public and will issue more opinions.
Net neutrality puts government in charge of determining pricing, terms of service, and what products can be delivered, hence it becomes a public utility. There will be nothing free and open about it. It’s socialism for the Internet.