The Republican FCC Commissioner’s comments on the Net Neutrality bill are telling:
“President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works,” Pai said. “The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband… These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.”
“The plan saddles small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market,” Pai said. “As a result, Americans will have fewer broadband choices. This is no accident. Title II was designed to regulate a monopoly. If we impose that model on a vibrant broadband marketplace, a highly regulated monopoly is what we’ll get.”
No shock. This is how government regulations work. How many banks were there prior to 2008? Now how many are there? Who helped write those regulations? Who helped write Obamacare? Big insurance corporations? Who helped write the “net neutrality” bill? Who lobbied for it? Treating internet like a utility run and regulated by the government is mind-numbingly stupid. But buzzwords like “neutral” and “fair” are used so Americans jump on board. Like “Patriot” and “humanitarian intervention”. Americans for net neutrality believe it will stop those evil corporations from buying bandwidth for certain websites, and blocking bandwidth for others. In other words, we need to be against an open internet where the market (people) will decide where the bandwidth flows to and what innovations can be created. Instead, we should allow the government to decide where the bandwidth goes (I’m sure there won’t be special interest corporations that get special treatment), what changes to the internet are allowed, which websites to block. We should allow the government to tax small businesses that use the internet more than they already do because that will help the economy! The government needs more tax revenue to spend on weapons contracts and to dole out to special interests.
The internet has grown to what it is today because it is the freest market example ever. We should help destroy that freedom out of fear of Netflix buffering.