Net Neutrality – A Czar Gone to Far

FCC Net Neutrality

How many times in the forums at Wall Street Journal has a lefty drone told me I don’t know what a Marxist is? Or a Fascist, or a Communist and the beat goes on.

Well this post isn’t about analysis and splitting hairs or about the history of tyrants or regimes. What this post is about is the Obama regime today filled with socialists, Marxists, self-proclaimed Communists (Larges “C” and Small “c”) and other sordid anti-freedom loving individuals as long as they are free controlling other peoples lives.

So now we come to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a five person panel made up of three Democrats and two Republicans led by slap happy Chairman Julius Genachowski who is leading without regard to the courts or Congress. In a Constitutional Republic we do have something quite left of center in the FCC no matter what term you wish to use.

Today is the day of reckoning for the FCC and the Internet, a day when they will vote for Net Neutrality, code for regulating the free frontier known as the Internet. With all the Lame Duck shenanigans in Washington this massive power grab is going largely unnoticed.

Mr. Genachowski was appointed to the FCC by Barack Obama who was a classmate of his at Harvard Law. If your anti-Big Business then the term “Net Neutrality may sound like a grand idea but in reality it is a grand scheme by government to expand its regulatory hold on a huge segment of something not broken but still a major target of people who wish to regulate and control the masses. Maybe it’s a split between Marxism and Fascism cloaked by the term “Progressive.”

As Heritage’s James Gattuso describes:

The net result [of net neutrality]— a slower and more congested Internet, and more frustration for users. Even worse, investment in expanding the Internet will be chilled, as FCC control of network management makes investment less inviting. The amounts at stake aren’t trivial, with tens of billions invested each year in Internet expansion.

Let’s face it – when government starts mucking up a free enterprise it is no longer free and no longer works well. People who invest in such things will take their money elsewhere.

One Republican FCC commissioner argues the regulations are not necessary.

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.

The real issue at hand, beyond more government control, is how the FCC is taking on this power grab. Federal agencies are only given power by Congress under the law. In this case the FCC is acting like self-proclaimed Internet Czars exceeding its power while ignoring Congress and the Federal courts. Let’s examine the trail of FCC abuse:

  1. In 2008, the FCC tried to enlarge its authority when it ruled that Comcast violated net neutrality rules basing its decision on a broad reading of its powers In April of this year, a federal court ruled the FCC’s actions had no authority under the law.
  2. In May 2010, just after the Federal court ruling, the FCC pushed the Net Neutrality envelope to broaden its reach but met with bi-partisan resistance from Congress.
  3. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) failed to gain enough Net Neutrality support in the House so the FCC is now ready to clamp down on the Internet once again with a vote on this 2010 Solstice.

This is what happens when unelected Czars take power, overreach and ignore the lawmakers, the courts and the US Constitution.

Commissioner McDowell continues:

On this winter solstice, we will witness jaw-dropping interventionist chutzpah as the FCC bypasses branches of our government in the dogged pursuit of needless and harmful regulation. The darkest day of the year may end up marking the beginning of a long winter’s night for Internet freedom.

Marxism, Fascism, Communism – Certainly not following the US Constitution or rule of law. Indeed!

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