On Thursday, February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve its Net Neutrality plan. Translation: the federal government is now in control of the internet. Although the details of the plan are sketchy (since its 300 plus pages of rules have not been made public), the consequences of such hasty action include paying more for internet service and for cellphone service. But the overall consequence will be a series of regulations imposed by the FCC, which now considers the internet to be a public utility. And that will result in regulated cost and content.
Proponents of Net Neutrality argue that it will prevent internet service providers from creating paid fast lanes on the web, something that consumer advocates and companies that do business online claim will eliminate the burden for any cash-strapped startups or smaller businesses. However, the rules now classify the internet as a public utility (as is the case with both telephone and cellphone service), providers will now have to act in the public interest for providing mobile connections.
A series of burdening regulations on an entity within the private sector which supposedly will be beneficial to everyone while at the same time classifying the entity as a public utility (and are kept secret)? Does that sound familiar?
It sounds a lot like Obamacare (or Common Core for that matter). Only this time it is the internet that is being taken over by the federal government.
Since Obama has moved into the White House, the federal government has taken control of the healthcare industry, increased its control over education, and now it controls the internet.
This is what happens when you have a leftist administration that believes government is the solution to all problems.
With the economic downturn in 2008 (the result of the Clinton Administration forcing banks to give home loans to everyone even for those unable to repay such loans), Obama was able to come to power. And since he believes that the private sector cannot be trusted, he has introduced a series of government takeovers of certain entities within the private sector.
And just like Obamacare, the FCC has kept the details of Net Neutrality secret, so the general public has no idea of what the rules are, or how exactly they will be affected.
It is likely Net Neutrality will be challenged in the courts, and possibly even by Congress. Either way, hopefully this latest government takeover of a private entity will be defeated.