At the moment Senator Ted Cruz gave his well-received speech at CPAC, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a proposal “granting the federal government the authority to regulate Internet broadband providers under the same law as public utilities.” The Blaze explains what this means:
Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will have to act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules approved by the FCC. The rules put the Internet in the same regulatory camp now as the telephone, banning providers from “unjust or unreasonable” business practices.
That’s the official line, at least. The unofficial truth is that the Internet will be less free than it currently is; the president will suddenly have the authority to regulate it as he pleases. What do you think that means for conservatives websites if the president is a Democrat? President Obama in charge of your Internet? If that doesn’t cause you nightmares I don’t know what will.
As Glenn Beck said shortly before the proposal was approved:
So they’ll say, “Well, we need something. We need some sort of regulation.” And you morons, you morons on the left, do you realize what you’ve just done? The next president that gets in — you put me into the Oval Office, you want me running your Internet?
Here’s the video of Beck’s radio show this morning. Watch it: there’s nobody else who understands as well as he does what this actually means. In short: we’re screwed.