View Full Version : The FCC, net neutrality & top-down tyranny.

December 21st, 2010, 04:46 PM
The FCC, net neutrality; and what I call 'top-down' tyranny.


Tomorrow morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will mark the winter solstice by taking an unprecedented step to expand government's reach into the Internet by attempting to regulate its inner workings. In doing so, the agency will circumvent Congress and disregard a recent court ruling.
How did the FCC get here?
For years, proponents of so-called "net neutrality" have been calling for strong regulation of broadband "on-ramps" to the Internet, like those provided by your local cable or phone companies. Rules are needed, the argument goes, to ensure that the Internet remains open and free, and to discourage broadband providers from thwarting consumer demand. That sounds good if you say it fast.

Nothing is broken that needs fixing, however. The Internet has been open and freedom-enhancing since it was spun off from a government research project in the early 1990s. Its nature as a diffuse and dynamic global network of networks defies top-down authority. Ample laws to protect consumers already exist. Furthermore, the Obama Justice Department and the European Commission both decided this year that net-neutrality regulation was unnecessary and might deter investment in next-generation Internet technology and infrastructure.

December 22nd, 2010, 08:08 AM
The first paragraph sets it up nicely, but then the second starts preaching. (in the exerpt)

I may agree with the sentiment, but this sounds like a battle cry and not a warning/info piece....

December 22nd, 2010, 08:59 AM
This is just something else that the government wants to get it's hands on and regulate: sounds cliche, but eventually they will force us all into that Orwellian nightmare depicted in the novel '1984 unless there is a huge public backlash, or at the very least the Supreme Court steps in to stop it cold.

At least in this case the party of 'NO' is the way-to-Go.

December 22nd, 2010, 11:23 AM
IS, the thing that will happen will be that people will find other ways to get around it.

I am not saying that it will be as easy as it is now, but if there are ways to get around it in China, there will be ways to get around it here as well.

The thing is, we will not get 1984, we will just have a government that knows what buttons to push when they ask us to "allow" them to spend our money on something "for us".

The US Government will be just like targeted marketing.

November 10th, 2014, 05:30 PM

then you get this...
Senator Ted Cruz ✔ @SenTedCruz (https://twitter.com/SenTedCruz) Follow (https://twitter.com/SenTedCruz) "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
10:43 AM - 10 Nov 2014 (https://twitter.com/SenTedCruz/status/531834493922189313)

November 13th, 2014, 04:16 PM
Republicans Tell The FCC That It Can’t Keep The Internet Free And Neutral

By Rhett Jones (http://animalnewyork.com/author/rhett-jones/) | November 13, 2014 - 04:00PM

After President Obama issued a call (http://animalnewyork.com/2014/president-obama-supports-net-neutrality/) for the FCC to ensure a neutral internet, Republican Senator Ted Cruz made a statement (http://theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutrality) proclaiming net neutrality (http://animalnewyork.com/tag/net-neutrality/) to be “Obamacare for the internet.” Now Republican members of the House and Senate have decided to use their new-found majority to put pressure on the FCC (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/republican-lawmakers-tell-fcc-it-cant-treat-broadband-as-a-utility/) to not make any attempts to keep the internet open. They sent the FCC an intimidating letter to Chairman Tom Wheeler.

The fight is over whether telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T should be allowed to slow down or speed up the bandwidth of a website at will. Pro-net neutrality advocates say that speeds should be the same for everyone, be it a small business or Facebook. Anti-net neutrality advocates say that companies owning the fiber that connects you to the internet should have an advantage — so if only two websites can afford decent speeds, so be it.

The letter (http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/letters/20141112FCC.pdf) basically states that in order for the FCC to implement any form of net neutrality, it would have to classify the internet as a telecommunications service, and not an information service. Republicans are claiming that the language under Title II of the Communications Act forbids the US government from regulating the internet. They say that language “makes it US policy to ‘preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet… unfettered by Federal or State regulation.'”

What that argument ignores is that the vibrant and free market that presently exists for the internet is more than just a handful of telecom companies that want to strong-arm more money out of us. The free market on the internet includes everyone from Amazon.com to Aunt Charlene’s Etsy store.

But hey, “a bunch of old white bigots who will hand as much money to as few people as possible just for a bite-size portion of it,” is pretty the GOP’s campaign slogan these days, and they won the mid-terms, so we only have ourselves to blame.

http://animalnewyork.com/2014/republicans-tell-fcc-cant-keep-internet-free-neutral/ (http://animalnewyork.com/2014/republicans-tell-fcc-cant-keep-internet-free-neutral/)