Maybe not, however the Federal Communication Commission, in defiance of a court order, and without being given authorization from congress, has started the process of regulating the internet, with it’s ‘net neutrality’ rules.
This thing, called the internet has already morphed into something way beyond what anyone could image when it was first started back in 1969. It is a great example of the free market at work, with very little governmental influence or over-regulation. We have internet telephone systems, web enabled televisions, multi-million dollar internet only companies. The internet has also seen it’s low points, the dot com boom, then bust, hackers, viruses, malware of just about every type. Like a true free market society, remedies have been found, and implemented. The on-line society not only survived, it is thriving.
Now enter Big Brother The mighty FCC, who on their own accord have decided to involve themselves in the business of web access. By simply stating web service providers have to provide equal access to all parts of the web. Calling it net (work) neutrality.
Democrats, who are generally in favor of net neutrality rules, are afraid the internet will be taken over by larger internet companies like Google or Yahoo! Republicans are wary of a governmental take over the internet, thus stifling innovation. ( It should noted that the internet origins were part of a government funded project)
On the surface it sounds fairly simple. The network providing your connection to the internet, shouldn’t care what the data is, where it is coming from or where it is going to. In most cases most providers already do this. Where the problems start when someone wants faster service, or someone is using more bandwidth than other people are. Even the terms might be subject to debate. If you were to ask 10 geeks what is net neutrality, you might get about a dozen or so definitions, all of them technically correct.
This is just the beginning, soon there will be more rules, regulations, fees, taxes, and who knows what else. Do we really want to go there?
The Internet is too much of our economy and our society as a whole to let bureaucrats muck up the works.
Congress told FCC to back off,
The courts told the FCC to back off,
Even FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell said the FCC should back off.
The FCC should back off. Enforce the laws that are already on the books, instead of trying self-make new ones.
Let’s appoint technically minded people to the commission instead of bureaucrats and politicians.