The FCC released a proposed draft of the congressionally mandated report that claims advanced telecommunications capability isn’t being deployed in a “reasonable and timely fashion” to all Americans.
Along comes the government to save us!
Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 allows the FCC to “take immediate action” to speed deployment in schools, rural areas, and ghettos. It’s a good cause but that is usually the case when the government nationalizes something that should remain private.
Critics are worried about the FCC placing arbitrary standards on Internet service providers.
“It’s bad enough the FCC keeps moving the goal posts on their definition of broadband, apparently so they can continue to justify intervening in obviously competitive markets,” said Jim Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs, in a statement earlier this month.“It’s beginning to look like the FCC will define broadband whichever way maximizes its power under whichever section of the law they want to apply.”
Net Neutrality made broadband into a utility last year and its effects are being felt. For one thing, choice is being removed. Christian Broadband services that block porn are no longer allowed because access has to be available to everyone.
Remarkably, a state senator in Tennessee wants to pass legislation that has the government expanding high speech Internet and she’s calling it the “free market” government Internet.
“We can bring reliable, high-speed Internet to many more homes and businesses without any additional state dollars being spent and using only ratepayer dollars for the upgraded service,” state Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, told the Times Free Press. “This is free market at its best and cities providing a service the people want and will pay to support.”
Free market government Internet? I don’t think she knows what the words mean.
Government-sponsored, subsidized efforts will eventually squeeze out private providers.
There is still a legal challenge to Net Neutrality and it would be best if they didn’t move on this.
As FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said, Net Neutrality is “a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist.” The government has decided broadband is a “human right”. There is no doubt it’s a hardship to not have Broadband in some areas and it needs to be addressed but a “human right”? Government is the solution? I know Al Gore thinks he invented the Internet but let’s get real.