The Government Is About To Take Over The Internet
by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog President Obama has been urging the FCC to declare ‘the internet’ a Title II utility under ‘the Communications Act’ – a government takeover. The internet will not remain an open internet once the government essentially takes it over – and regulates it. When government bureaucrats and politicians get their hands on private enterprise (or pretty much anything) – in this case, the internet – it will cause great harm to an open Internet, competition, innovation, and eventually – FREE SPEECH – in my opinion. The FCC will apparently be voting on FEB-26. You and I though, we have no say whatsoever. It gets worse… To make matters worse, ‘the most transparent administration ever’ (sarcasm) is hiding the regulations until approved! I’m not kidding. The 332 page regulation plan is being kept from the public. The vote if passed by the FCC (it appears that it might – at the ‘urging’ of the President’), will adopt ‘net neutrality rules’ that redefine broadband internet as a regulated, communications service – essentially a public utility. Note: Get ready for a bunch of new federal taxes disguised as access fees on the service. While the phrase ‘net neutrality’ may sound appealing – don’t let it fool you… The surface issue at hand is that it (government takeover) will prohibit Internet service providers from playing favorites, for example by offering speedier service to some content providers over others. In reality, these issues in the free marketplace work themselves out. When government steps in – well, most of you know what happens… Billionaire Mark Cuban said the other day – “Net Neutrality Will ‘F’ Everything Up” and said he doesn’t want the FCC’s political appointees regulating the Internet. (I’m sure he’s not alone) One senator, Mark Lee, has called the regulation a government “takeover” of the internet and says it amounts to a “a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.” Underneath the surface, at issue (with me and many others) is the probability of governmental restrictions on free speech. The internet has been an open place for anyone to express their ideas, opinions, and whatever else. It has literally re-shaped our insight as a people. While there’s always a bad element, the ‘good’ that an open internet provides has been revolutionary. Once our free voice is gone (regulated), it’s over. While no-one can say one way or the other what’s in the 332 page regulatory plan (it’s under lock and key), and while it might not impose any current regulations on free speech or censorship (although it might), who’s to say that ‘down the road’ the regulations will not be modified to begin curtailing free speech? One might be thinking that the government may have an interest in controlling what is said on the internet – given their dwindling mainstream news market share on propaganda TV, and I would say that you might be right about that (although they will never say it of course). Once dot-gov has their foot in the door – watch out… In a world where the web is open and free, one man has a secret plan to seize control of the internet. He has a phone. And he has a pen. And he claims he has the power to do it.