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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Net Neutrality

Right now, we still don't know what is in the three hundred pages of regulations that the FCC is voting on today.  These so called "net neutrality" regulations are supposed to give the FCC regulatory control over the internet, but that is all we know.  The agency and the supporters of the net neutrality talk about the regs as if they will protect internet users, but these people have not seen the proposal.  Others claim that the regs will limit the speed of the internet, but these people have not seen the proposal.  Some folks argue that the FCC and the government will use the regulatory power to control the availability of web sites to those with viewpoints that are out of favor with the then government, but these people have not seen the proposal. 

The idea that the FCC is voting on regulations that will revamp the ienternet without first releasing the text of the proposal and allowing debate on the subject is beyond belief.  Only in Obama's Washington would such a move be contemplated.  We already had Obamacare passed with the statement by the Speaker of the House Pelosi at the time that they had to pass the bill in order to find out what was in it.  We know how that turned out.  Now a regulatory agency filled with political appointees is going to vote on secret regulations that could affect the future of the internet forever.  It is an outrage, to say the least.

I hope that the regulations fail, either because the FCC lacks the power to pass them or because they are somehow struck down by Congress due to public outrage.  I really do not care what they say.  It is a travesty for the hacks at the FCC to try to do something like this without allowing full public debate.


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