Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Freedom, Law, Politics | Tags: Controlling the Internet, Intrusive Regulation, The FCC
Some monopoly services are classified as “public utilities” and are regulated on the federal, state or local level as a consequence of the concession that is granted by the government to supply the monopolized service or product. Electricity, water and natural gas are examples. Until recently, local telephone and cable services were usually classified as public utilities and regulated by government.
Now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to classify the Internet as a “public utility.” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is attempting to get around a Federal Appeals Court ruling blocking his “Net Neutrality” ambitions. The FCC has voted to take the next step in asking formally for public comment.
The unanimous ruling by the three-judge panel questioned the agency’s authority to regulate broadband. The case concerned Comcast’s actions in 2007 when it interfered with an online sharing service that allowed people to swap movies and other big files over the internet. The FCC, the next year, banned Comcast from blocking subscribers from using the service. Broadband providers argued that after spending billions of dollars on their networks, they should be able to sell premium services and manage their systems to prevent certain applications from hogging capacity. The Court said that the FCC lacks authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all internet traffic flowing over their networks.
The FCC argued that the policy is necessary to prevent broadband providers from favoring or discriminating against certain Web sites and online services. They claim precedent since nondiscrimination rules have traditionally applied to so-called “common carrier” networks that serve the public, from roads and highways to electrical grids and telephone lines.
Allowing Julius Genachowski, or any other bureaucrat, power to regulate the Internet is a very bad idea, but then this is an administration seemingly deeply committed to controlling every aspect of our lives. The pretense will be government efforts to extend broadband to every remote region in America. The “stop the spending” message seems pretty loud out there, but Obama is not interested.
Obama also plans to extend high-speed rail service to every region of America. If he runs out of the billions of the remaining untaxed funds in our accounts, he can just print more money. The Obamas were reportedly deeply in debt until the money from the book came in, although they were making well over six figures. Do you suppose he just doesn’t understand money and budgets?