Welcome the Internet to the speed of regulation, denying millions of Americans the full potential of innovation and unfettered access. It’s now controlled and managed by a government that can’t even launch a functional ObamaCare website, an FCC whose website can’t even handle the simple task of accurately recording public comments, and an IRS that loses emails.
FCC interference in the Internet marketplace will hurt the very consumers proponents claim to protect. In most cases, net neutrality rules are either unnecessary or will limit innovative business practices by smaller firms, rather than abuses by Internet Service Providers. Even worse, the rules shift additional costs back to consumers and away from companies through bans on sponsored-data plans and other pro-consumer practices.
Left-Wing Funded Lobbying
Left-wing Ford Foundation and George Soros’s Open Society Foundation have provided financial assistance to groups supporting the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and at least five individuals from these groups have ascended to key positions at the White House and FCC, according to a new report.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the Internet was “simply too important to be left without rules and a referee on the field.” In contrast, Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, a vocal critic of the plan and one of the votes against it, said the FCC was “turning its back on Internet” because “President Obama told us to do so,” back in October, 2014.
The Media Research Center found that broadcast news networks spent only three minutes, 38 seconds covering Obama’s proposal in nearly three months of coverage following his announcement, despite the plan’s major implications for free speech and the economy.
What About Taxes?
The Internet Tax Freedom Act bans taxes on Internet access, although that bill expires in October. While Congress is expected to renew that legislation, it’s conceivable that states could eventually push Congress for the ability to tax Internet service now that it has been deemed a vital public utility.
“Read my lips. More Internet taxes are coming. It’s just a matter of when,” FCC Commissioner Pai said.