The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan — a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote.On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid “fast lanes” on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash-strapped startups and smaller Internet-based businesses. Chairman Tom Wheeler said it would ensure an “open, unfettered network.”But the rules, more broadly, would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone by classifying it like a public utility, meaning providers like Comcast or Verizon would have to act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone. (FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan, Obama accused of meddling; By FoxNews.com with contribution by AP; Fox News – Politics; 2/26/15)
“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”
* Regulations will chill competition and make it harder, not easier for new entrants, who will face daunting regulatory compliance costs
* Regulations open a Pandora’s Box. The FCC can regulate pricing, access, limit the ability of new innovative services to try different business models
* FCC would likely end up putting more taxes and fees on consumers, just as you get on phone bills (Derived from: Internet Freedom Comes from Markets Not Government; By Freedoms Truth (Diary); Red State; 2/26/15 02:17 PM)
Published by ReasonTVPublished on Feb 25, 2015Net Neutrality is “a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist,” says Ajit Pai, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Pai is an outspoken (sic) opponent of expanding government control of the internet, including FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under the same Title II rules that are used to govern telephone-service providers as public utilities. Under current FCC regulations, ISPs are considered providers of “information services” and subject to essentially no federal regulation.
He is also sharply critical of President Barack Obama’s very public push to influence policy at the FCC, which is technically an independent agency. Last year, it was widely believed that Wheeler, a former head of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, would not push for Title II. Pai calls the president’s actions—which included “creating a YouTube video of with very specific prescriptions as to what this agency should do”—unprecedented in his experience. Coupled with the fact that “the agency suddenly chang[ed] course from where it was to mimic the president’s plan,” says Pai, “suggests that the independence of the agency has been compromised to some extent.”
The FCC is scheduled to vote Thursday, February 26 on Wheeler’s plan.
Pai explains his opposition to Title II reclassifcation (sic) to Reason’s Nick Gillespie. Citing independent studies of American competitiveness and booming investment in telecommunications infrastructure compared to Europe, Pai argues that consumers are thriving and the market is doing its job.
Regulating the internet like a utility company, says Pai, will threaten the kind of innovation we’ve taken for granted over the past 20 years. “Do you trust the federal government to make the Internet ecosystem more vibrant than it is today?” Pai asks. “Can you think of any regulated utility like the electric company or water company that is as innovative as the Internet?”
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“New Internet Regulations Finally Released By The Federal Communications Commission Make 46 References To A Group Funded By Billionaire George Soros And Co-Founded By A Neo-Marxist.” -The Daily Caller
Based on references in the regulations alone, it is clear that Barack Obama’s takeover of the Internet was actually written — in large part — by radical Marxist-leaning organizations; and it has also come to light that radical socialist-leaning organizations funded by Billionaire Socialist George Soros and others have spent approximately 200 MILLION DOLLARS ($200,000,000.00) to make Barack Obama’s tyrannical and dictatorial takeover of the Internet a reality.
And we have only one hope of stopping this master plan to transform the United States into a socialist utopia. As of this writing, Representative Marsha Blackburn and 43 other Republicans have signed onto legislation (H.R. 1212: The Internet Freedom Act) that will totally reverse this dictatorial Obama-FCC dictate… but this legislation is stalled in committee because John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are in no rush to bring it to the floor of the House and the Senate for a vote… and that needs to change right now.
The organization whose net neutrality arguments are cited at least 46 times in the Obama-FCC dictatorial regulations is ironically named Free Press. Free Press is funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and other left-wing groups like the Ford Foundation; and it was founded by Robert McChesney, an avowed Socialist who is presently a communications professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
And to McChesney so-called Net Neutrality is simply a means to an end. Specifically, it’s the first step to be taken to fundamentally transform the United States into a socialist tyranny.
Back in 2009, McChesney wrote that “any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself… to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles… We need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimize it, and perhaps even eliminate it.”
DiscovertheNetworks.org again: “In a November 2000 Monthly Review article titled ‘Journalism, Democracy, and Class Struggle,’ he [McChesney] wrote: ‘Our job is to make media reform part of our broader struggle for democracy, social justice, and, dare we say it, socialism.'”
Phil Kerpen, president of the free-market group American Commitment says that Chesney’s goal is “to empower the federal government to ration and apportion Internet bandwidth as it sees fit, and to thereby control the Internet’s content.”
And McChesney said, back in 2009, when the concept of Net Neutrality was focused on more traditional means of communication: “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
If everything we have said thus far sounds far-fetched, consider just one example of what is in these 400 pages of Obama-FCC regulations.
“The rules we adopt today do not curtail broadband providers’ free speech rights. When engaged in broadband Internet access services, broadband providers are not speakers, but rather serve as conduits for the speech of others.”
Here’s a question: Do local AM radio stations not “serve as conduits for the speech of others.” Come to think of it, is your radio not a “conduit” for the speech of others?
Now, let’s be clear. These 400 pages of Obama-FCC regulations only apply to the Internet (at least for now), but the analogy should serve to illustrate EXACTLY what Barack Obama, George Soros and the FCC are thinking when it comes to your First Amendment rights.
If you’re not a “speaker,” the First Amendments doesn’t apply to you. And who determines whether or not you’re a “speaker” Why… none other than Barack Hussein Obama.
The thinking is straight out of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Barack Obama doesn’t need to control your speech if he can control the “conduits” of your speech.
“[D]o you want the people who gave you ObamaCare running your Internet service? Do you want them in charge of what you can get and when you can get it and how much it’s gonna cost you?”
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