Leftards Doing What Leftards Do —– Fixing The Internet For You!!

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FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan, Obama accused of meddling

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party-line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry. 

The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan — a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote. 

On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid “fast lanes” on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash-strapped startups and smaller Internet-based businesses. Chairman Tom Wheeler said it would ensure an “open, unfettered network.” 

But the rules, more broadly, would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone by classifying it like a public utility, meaning providers like Comcast or Verizon would have to act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone.

Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai, who delivered some of the most scathing criticism of the plan Thursday, warned the policy represents a “monumental shift” to “government control of the Internet.” 

Further, he accused the FCC of bending to the will of Obama, who last fall came out in favor of such a sweeping regulatory plan. 

Pai said the FCC was reversing course from past positions for one reason: “President Obama told us to do so.” 

He warned of a litany of negative consequences, intended or not, from the net neutrality plan. He said it allows rate regulation — and, ultimately, rates will go up and broadband service will slow. 

Pai said that while the plan defers a decision on applying a service fee to Internet bills — much like is applied to phone bills — that surely will change. 

“The order explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes,” he said. “Read my lips: More new taxes are coming. It’s just a matter of when.”

Further, he pointed to slower Internet speeds in Europe, which largely treats the Internet as a public utility, in warning that the additional regulation will lead to less investment and slower speeds in the U.S. as well. 

“The Internet is not broken. There is no problem for the government to solve,” Pai said.

Fellow Republican member Michael O’Rielly called the plan a “monumental and unlawful power grab.” 

Republican lawmakers, as well, blasted the proposal as an antiquated solution that would hurt, not help, Internet innovation. 

“The Obama Administration needs to get beyond its 1930s rotary-telephone mindset and embrace the future,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement.

While the broadband industry is expected to sue, Republicans in Congress said they will try to pass legislation scrapping the rules, although it’s unlikely that such a bill would be signed into law by Obama. 

But Democrats on the commission hailed the plan. To charges that the plan represents a secret scheme to regulate the Internet, Wheeler said: “Nonsense.” 

He claimed it was no more a plan to regulate the Internet “than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech.”

Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn — despite reports she was seeking last-minute changes in the plan to scale it back — also voted with Wheeler on Thursday. She said it “strikes the right balance.” 

At stake, Clyburn said, is the risk of businesses getting preferential treatment over start-ups by getting better Internet speeds, or teachers having to worry about whether students can do research online without websites loading at “dial-up speeds.”

Twitter said the new rules were a matter of protecting free expression.

The arguments by the leftards are so logically flawed it’s difficult to know where to begin.

So, one of the commissioners are worried about the load speed for students ——- 😐  Except, the load speeds for students have been exponentially increasing since the first students had internet access.  But, then, the same is true for everyone else in this country!!!!!

As one of the dissenters stated, there’s nothing broken to fix! 

As also noted, they’re using a 80 year old law and applying it to the internet!!!????!!!!???!  What could possibly go wrong with that?

There’s much more to say, but, I’ll end with this.  Today, people are generally happy with their internet service.  Yes, we get upset when it goes down, and irked when it is slow, but, slow is relative.  Even when my internet is slower than usual, it’s still much faster than it was just 5 or 6 years ago.  However, if my internet provider was to become too slow or too restrictive for me, all I would have to do is change my providers!   

The law they’re providing is the same law which allowed the Ma Bell monopoly, the same law which allows the monopolies of electricity providers, and gas providers …. etc….. 

The people demand more and faster, and the providers are happy to do so in order to keep the people’s business.  It’s worked this way since the advent of the internet.  Now, the government is moving to fix one of the most successful advents in modern US history.   Leftards —– wtf is wrong with them?

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6 Responses to Leftards Doing What Leftards Do —– Fixing The Internet For You!!

  1. Latitude says:

    I pray the one day we will have a republican president….

    …half as strong as this asswipe!

    • suyts says:

      It looks like that’s becoming just a fantasy.

    • cdquarles says:

      The R’s problem, to me, is that the ‘leadership’ tends to agree with socialist premises. Thus, they’ll only fight as much as needed to fool the voters enough to keep them in power. R’s who fight hard, like Reagan, Cruz, Sessions, etc., are never lionized. The R leadership is liberal and just as liberal as the Ds of old. They’re not (yet) flaming leftists. The Ds have that monopoly and they’ve never liked not having dictatorial power.

  2. leftinflagstaff says:

    ‘It’s worked this way since the advent of the internet.’

    It’s worked that way since the advent of the free market, for every product or service.

  3. Anything is possible says:

    Nothing to see here, move along now.

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