Monday, September 21, 2009

Internet Fed Takeover in the Works?


What is this proposal called "Net Neutrality"? I have to tell you. As a political blogger, seeing the Feds get their foot in the door to control the free flow of commerce and information on the internet is frightening. I know shutting down political dissent is not on the menu at this time, but when have politicians resisted such urges when they hold the reins of power. And what is the big problem on the internet that requires the Feds to step in? Something about Comcast and AT&T? I don't get it. Is this another crisis? Why are we doing this now? Can't we fix the economy, stimulate private business and create new private sector jobs? Can we perhaps stop racking up huge debt and concentrate on paying down what we owe so the dollar can perhaps keep some of its value? Can we work on foreign affairs in a way that does not prop up our enemies and offend/attack our friends? Can we do some of these things instead of manufacturing a crisis in order to orchestrate an internet power grab?

During the weekend, press reports revealed a stunning development: The Obama administration will announce Monday that the FCC would propose new rules to embrace what it calls "Net Neutrality."

Obama's new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, will use a speech to the Brookings Institution, a liberal think tank, to announce the FCC proposals, according to those reports.

On the face of it, Net Neutrality appears to be a popular and fair proposal.

Genachowski will "propose new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and certain applications over their networks," according to the Associated Press.

The FCC rules "would bar Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. or AT&T Inc., from slowing or blocking certain services or content flowing through their vast networks," according to the AP.

But critics contend that the proposals are nothing more than a backdoor way for the FCC to tighten federal control over the Internet by beginning with the regulation of Internet service providers.

The battle lines over Net Neutrality have formed along partisan and ideological lines, with some exceptions.

During the presidential campaign, Obama said he would embrace Net Neutrality — a cause championed by Google and other Silicon Valley companies that don't want large Internet service providers denying or controlling their access to Internet users.

But Republicans have largely opposed Net Neutrality, suggesting self regulation has worked well.

The previous FCC chairman, Bush appointee Kevin Martin opposed Net Neutrality. He suggested it was not needed.

Conservatives see Net Neutrality as a power grab that will benefit big Internet players such as Amazon and Google while stifling smaller competitors.
H/T News Max.

24 comments:

Candle said...

Anything the government gets their hands on becomes warped and corrupted. "net neutrality" today is "net control" tomorrow. As soon as the door is opened, they begin tacking on all kinds of new rules about "decency" and "fairness", claiming it falls under past legislation. If you've read Levin's book, you'll see how the commerce clause of the constitution has been used as a basis of a tremendous amount of legislation, far beyond what the founders ever envisioned.

Candle said...

I must hereby post a second time. Once they've shown everyone that they have the power to enforce an "open" internet, they can then later be said to have the power to impose limitations on it. In a way, its like a power grab by way of seemingly 'granting' more power to others. Can't just leave it completely alone. I would vote for anyone, democrat or republican, that ran on the platform "I'll go to Washington and enact zero new legislation, so help me God."

Chief said...

Once again, we are being bombarded with the left wing nuts in their attempt to abolish capitalism.

If I am unhappy with the service that Comcast provides (ie. slowing down google etc) then I will move to another provider. I do not need Obama giving another "talking head" speech on T.V. trying to convince me that more government control and bureaucracy is good for America.

Bungalow Bill said...

We need to get ahead of this and be prepared to retaliate if this means what we both know it means. Did you catch Obama's quote yesterday about how people get the news in the country these days. We are on his radar.

Red said...

"I know shutting down political dissent is not on the menu at this time"

Don't you believe it.

Teresa said...

Once this doors opened, I don't think there will be any way to close it, or stop the government from controlling the net in the future. This sounds like yet another way of government trying to control and limit our freedom of speech.

Opus #6 said...

Candle, I like the zero legislation platform. It would be a good start. And maybe start enforcing some laws we neglect, like protecting our borders.

Hey, you read Levin? Oooo. Putz is gonna want your scalp.

Opus #6 said...

Chief, that is exactly what I told my daughter about an hour ago, when I explained this story to her. If I have trouble accessing Google or Amazon, I'll complain to or switch my own ISP. I don't need Mr. Nanny State stepping in and mucking things up.

Opus #6 said...

Bill, yes. I put that as my headline, Obama Hates Blogs. I don't think it is reading too much into it. We see how he throws out these hints and runs straight for statist takeovers. I don't put that beyond him at all.

Opus #6 said...

Red, not explicitly. But I am alarmed. That is why I wrote this story. We should be alarmed at govt encroachment on internet commerce.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, I firmly believe that.

The Conservative Lady said...

He is taking over everything. I agree with all who have previously commented. Just like health care, once the gov't has it's foot in the door, it's all over.

Opus #6 said...

TCL, no foot in the door. Slam that sucker!

Amusing Bunni said...

This is scary stuff, Opie. ANYTHING that Obama and his hand picked people propose, you just know it HAS TO BE BAD for America. No one can name just one itty bitty think that he has done, or that he proposes, that is good.
I would slam the door in their faces, and lock it, and move, if they came knocking at my door.

fuzzys dad said...

This is scary.

Nickie Goomba said...

Ope, I believe that shutting down dissent is always on the Obama agenda. The only body blows he has suffered, and the only folks to question the Chicago machine has been talk radio and the blogosphere.

I'm not gonna be surprised if some "national emergency" will cause all these communication outlets to be silenced. These thugs play hardball.

BTW, Opie... I LOOOOOOVE your masthead.

Just a conservative girl said...

How many more days of this do we have left?

I really do hope that people wake up and throw out many of these bums in 2010. At least then we can slow down these progressions.

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, if they came bothering you, that might just be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Opus #6 said...

Fuzzy, indeed.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, he can't stand dissent.

Thanks for the compliment, btw. I keep gazing at it myself. Cool how you can see detail like the Gadsen Flags and all. The cloud cover was a blessing for photographers.

Opus #6 said...

JACG, they are trying to wear us down. If we have to, we can take this thing in shifts. Some of us can blog while others take the day off.

LL said...

When you force a lid on a boiling pot, something happens.

It's a simple matter of cause and effect.

Best be prepared for the effect if you decide to ignore the cause.

RightKlik said...

Nothing good can come of this. Gov't control will inevitably be abused and misused.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

It's getting hard to keep up this bunch of buffoons and their antics. Is Obamacare a diversion for the big "basket" of liberal goodies coming down the pike ? Their goal is to move from your back pocket to your mind!!!