The Federal Communications Commission just granted itself control over the Internet. And the president was the major cheerleader for this push, while later claiming he had no control over this "independent" entity.
With a 3-2 vote, a non-elected federal agency made what represents the largest regulatory power grab in recent history -- giving us what will now be government lording over our most dynamic form of communication. It is federal regulation that opens wide the door to taxation and de facto censorship.
For proof of its nefariousness despite the assurances of its shills, see our article Be Afraid: The FCC Internet Grab -- In the Insiders' Own Words.
Fortunately though, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has proposed legislation which would explicitly ban the FCC from reclassifying Internet as a telecommunications service that can be regulated.
Blackburn was among the many who opposed the FCC’s “net neutrality” rule, saying the rule would only add government shackles to an Internet that has clearly flourished without any significant government regulation, and could lead to political decisions about it’s content.
“Once the federal government establishes a foothold into managing how Internet service providers run their networks they will essentially be deciding which content goes first, second, third, or not at all,” she said. “My legislation will put the brakes on this FCC overreach.”
This issue is about the free flow of information -- a flow of information that will, if “net-neutrality” is NOT stopped, reach us only after it has passed through governmental filtration system. Think of the government's ability to control and censor television and its ability to tax utilities.
This, as much as almost any issue, has the power to greatly alter our near future and the not-to-distant future of our children and grandchildren. So let’s get off our duffs and send some letters telling the government not to touch our Internet -- and get other people who care to send their letter’s -- and then get people who don’t care to start caring, because the hour is getting late folks. Otherwise we wouldn’t have 5 unelected people voting on 400 secret pages of rules that determine the how’s, where’s and what’s of the information that we choose to get.