FREED from ‘Net Neutrality’ which was destroying internet freedom


There was nothing neutral about net neutrality. Of course the left names the thing the very opposite of what it is.

‘Net Neutrality’ Is Socialism, Not Freedom

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Here is what I posted back in 2015 at Flashback Geller Report when the Obama administration was moving to impose “Net Neutrality”:

Here are 7 reasons why the FCC’s new net neutrality rules could be a threat to your freedom.

1. The FCC’s new rules are a heavy-handed government takeover of the Internet.

Under the new rules, broadband Internet is classified as a public utility for the first time ever. This gives the government wide control of private companies like Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable, reducing their incentives to invest in their respective networks. Without this investment, broadband technology will develop more slowly, and prices will be higher for consumers.

2. Net neutrality subsidizes large companies like Netflix and Facebook who don’t need it.

In November, it was widely reported that Netflix alone accounts for over 35 percent of all Internet traffic in the US. If broadband providers were able to charge Netflix a small fee for the high volume of data they send, they could pass that money onto consumers in the form of lower monthly bills.

3. The new rules subvert democracy and the will of the people.

CBS News reported that two in three Americans are opposed to the idea of government regulating the Internet. Other polls show that opposition to net neutrality is even higher.

4. The new regulations will stifle free speech.

Lee E. Goodman, former chairman and a current commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, told Newsmax TV that a government takeover of the Internet will chill political speech.

“The government will regulate the content — and specifically the political content — that the American people can both post online to express their own political opinions, and the political content and information that people can access from the Internet,” said Goodman, who was appointed to the FEC in 2013 by President Obama.

5. The rule-making process was corrupted by the White House.

President Obama and White House staffers used backchannel meetings to pressure chairman Wheeler into creating the strongest possible net neutrality rules over the more moderate approach he originally intended. In this way, the White House operated “like a parallel version of the FCC itself,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

6. The [2015] commission’s vote wasn’t transparent.

The new set of rules ushered in by Thursday’s 3-2 vote were not provided to the public for comment. Ahead of the vote, one of the agency’s five commissioners, Ajit Pai, tweeted a picture of the 317-page plan that he was barred from showing the public. Even after the vote, the rules will not be published publicly for many days.

7. The new rules will hurt the right to privacy, and further empower the federal government to spy on its citizens.

After Edward Snowden leaked the NSA’s secret PRISM surveillance program in 2013, it became clear that the federal government is interested in snooping around in the private affairs of its citizens. Now that the federal government controls the web, its ability to spy will only increase.

FCC Votes to End Net Neutrality Regulations

Republicans cheer the end of “heavy-handed regulation” while Democrats decry a “corporate-enabling Destroying Internet Freedom Order.”

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to reverse the Obama-era internet regulations known as “net neutrality,” arguing over dire Democratic warnings that the change would help consumers and promote competition among internet providers.

Under net neutrality, which the FCC first implemented in 2015, internet service providers were prohibited from charging websites different prices for different access speeds, and classified the internet as a utility, like phone services or water, to justify the FCC’s authority in implementing the changes.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday characterized the 2015 changes as a solution to a phantom problem—ISPs blocking access to certain websites—and charged them with slowing the growth of internet companies.

“The internet wasn’t broken in 2015. We were not living in some digital dystopia,” Pai said. “The main problem consumers have with the internet is not, and never has been, that their internet provider is blocking access to content. It’s been that they don’t have access at all.”

Both Democratic commissioners who voted against the change painted a dark picture of ISPs silencing political rivals and extorting small and startup websites. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn released a breathless dissenting statement, calling the change a “fiercely spun, legally lightweight, consumer-harming, corporate-enabling Destroying Internet Freedom Order.”

“The results of throwing out your net neutrality protections may not be felt right away,” she wrote. “But what we have wrought will one day be apparent, and by then, when you really see what has changed, I fear it may be too late to do anything about it, because there will be no agency empowered to address your concerns.”

Meanwhile, Republican commissioner Brendan Carr waved off what he called “apocalyptic” warnings.

“I’m proud to end this two-year experiment with heavy-handed regulation,” he said.

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