Monday, December 20, 2010

FCC Lurching Toward Beijing by one Cut At A Time

Net Neutrality is the latest homicidal assault on democracy mounted by the Obama minions and their numberless orcs in the legal community.
Nothing is broken and 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.

Analysts and broadband companies of all sizes have told the FCC that new rules are likely to have the perverse effect of inhibiting capital investment, deterring innovation, raising operating costs, and ultimately increasing consumer prices. Others maintain that the new rules will kill jobs. By moving forward with Internet rules anyway, the FCC is not living up to its promise of being "data driven" in its pursuit of mandates—i.e., listening to the needs of the market.

It wasn't long ago that bipartisan and international consensus centered on insulating the Internet from regulation. This policy was a bright hallmark of the Clinton administration, which oversaw the Internet's privatization. Over time, however, the call for more Internet regulation became imbedded into a 2008 presidential campaign promise by then-Sen. Barack Obama. So here we are.

Now that the nanny-state Obamabots are still able to throw their weight around, for the next few days at least, the creepy little petty functionary aka quango Julius Genachowski is making Polish politicians again a byword for stupidity. [Check European History 101 for examples.]
Watch this space before Obama's butt-boys in the FCC get their takeover and loose Cass Sunstein to ruin what is left of the internets.

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