How The Government Is About to Make a Big Power Grab For the Internet on Thursday
Thursday is for freedom a very bad day. That is the day the free speech-free market Xanadu that is the Internet will be unilaterally seized by the Barack Obama Administration.
Per the President’s demand, the allegedly independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pretending to be Congress - and writing new Web-regulating law for themselves. And on Thursday they will vote on it - and thereby grab expansive, broad and deep overlording powers.
The President influencing the FCC is at the very least problematic - if not illegal.
“There are…places where our proposal is actually stronger than President Obama’s proposal.”
“Our power grab is even worse than President Obama’s” isn’t very reassuring:
The FCC is allegedly an "expert agency"- and they will apply this expertise to their command-and-control of the Web.
Oops. Well, perhaps the combined technological expertise of the entire $4-trillion-a-year federal government will help.
Not so much. Well at least they’re experts at other things - maybe it will rub off.
Not so much. Well they don’t wield well their massive power - but at least they don’t abuse it.
Not so much. Is our data safe in government hands?
Not so much. Are they at least honest and transparent with us?
Not so much. Do they at least want to correct things - and admire and appreciate those inside government who point out this endless stream of abuses and failures?
Not so much. Do they at least want to work with the media - you know, “The most transparent administration in history?”
Not so much.
Does the FCC behave any differently than any other tentacle of the Leviathan?
Not so much. And what of the FCC’s looming Net Neutrality power grab? Can we get a peek - in the interest of transparency?
Not so much. Why not?
"What you have suggested in terms of releasing the preliminary discussion draft of the Order runs contrary to Commission procedure followed over the years….”
Their defense of their anti-transparency - is years and years of precedent anti-transparency.
Speaking of anti-transparency - and abuse of power, and silencing critics, and…:
Matthew Berry, chief of staff to FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, took to Twitter earlier this week to suggest "FCC leadership" was attempting to prevent the commissioner from posting a press release excerpting critics of network neutrality regulation.
Pai has been extremely outspoken in his criticism of chairman Tom Wheeler's plan—he calls it the President's plan—to reclassify ISPs under some Title II regs as a way to support new network neutrality rules.
Asked what Berry meant by a Feb. 18 tweet saying "FCC leadership now trying to block Commissioner Pai's press releases from FCC website. So much for Open Internet!," Berry said that the FCC's Office of Media Relations "told us that the Office of General Counsel had directed that our statement be removed from the website.”
So the FCC is just like every other federal Department, Agency, Commission and Board - hopelessly incompetent, abusive, dishonest and anti-transparent.
And they’re about to commandeer control of the Internet.
Well, the web was fun while it lasted.
Next up: The conga line to the courthouse - to sue to undo this egregious overreach.
What we can do: Call our respective Congressmen and Senators and tell them to do everything in their power (there’s quite a bit, actually) to rein in the rogue FCC: (202) 224-3121.
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