Last March, Sen. Marco Rubio was concerned that the U.N. or our government were going to seize control of the Internet.
“Since the web is worldwide — and since it has proven such an effective catalyst for pro-democratic revolution — it has become a battleground that many fight to control,” he said. Rubio pointed to 42 countries that limit the Internet within their borders and “now wish to take this further by exerting control over the way the Internet is governed and regulated internationally.”
As it turns out, the U.N. doesn’t have to bother, Obama is actually doing it.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who is a Republican, said the 332-page net neutrality plan is a “plan to control the Internet.”
As is typical of this “most transparent administration ever”, the public won’t get to see it until after the commission votes for its implementation – after it’s too late.
It 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.