Huge New Government Power Grab = 'Keeping Things the Same'

Huge New Government Power Grab = 'Keeping Things the Same'
June 10, 2014

Seton Motley

Seton Motley is the president of Less Government, a DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to... (read full bio)
The Internet has in lightning-fast fashion become a free speech-free market Xanadu. Arguably no human endeavor in history has blossomed so beautifully, so rapidly.

It has done so with absolutely zero Network Neutrality regulations. There have never, ever been any such regulations actually in place.

If ever there were a definition of “unnecessary” - Net Neutrality regs is it.

Yet the Left has histrionically insisted for more than a decade that without such regs – the Internet as we enjoy it would simply cease to be.

The End of The Internet as We Know It 

August 2010

The End of the Internet as We Know It

December 2013

We’re About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It

April 2014

The Left has perversely framed this huge new government power grab as “Internet freedom” - as ensuring a “free” and “open Internet.”

Rep. Markey, Moby Speak Out for Internet Freedom

May 2006

In Minnesota, Hundreds Urge FCC to Take Swift Action to Protect Open Internet

August 2010

Defending the Open Internet

May 2014

Because when I hear “free” and “open” - I think more government.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has twice imposed Net Neutrality regs – and twice the DC Circuit Court has unanimously thrown the FCC out on its ear.

Court Backs Comcast Over FCC on ‘Net Neutrality’

April 2010

Verizon Wins Net Neutrality Court Ruling Against FCC

January 2014

Has that stopped the government?  Of course not.

It’s Groundhog Day – Again: Government Taking Third Stab at Net Neutrality Power Grab

April 2014

Only that’s now no longer enough for the Left.

Dear FCC: Reclassify Broadband

Rep. Dave Loebsack Calls for Reclassification To Ensure A Free And Open Internet

FCC Must Include Wireless Broadband in Reclassification

What is Reclassification?

“Reclassification” means unilaterally shoving the Web out from under the existing light-touch Title I rules the 1996 Telecommunications Act placed upon it …and then slamming it into the Title II heavy-regulatory uber-structure that has for the last seventy-plus years crushed with regs and taxes landline telephones – that well-known bastion of technological and economic innovation.

Does the FCC have the authority to Reclassify?  Of course not. They don’t even have the authority to impose Net Neutrality. But this is the Barack Obama Administration - when has not having the authority ever stopped them?

Shocker – the FCC is seriously considering unauthorized Reclassification.

Media Marxists Persuading the Government to Execute its Hugest Internet Power Grab Yet

FCC May Actually Entertain Broadband Reclassification

FCC’s Tom Wheeler Says He’ll Ask For Public Comment On Whether It’s Appropriate To Reclassify Broadband

Meanwhile, the Left has moved the power grab bar. Once upon a time lack of Net Neutrality was the “end of the Internet.”  Now Net Neutrality without full-on Reclassification is.

Tom Wheeler Says His Proposal Will Protect Net Neutrality. Here’s Why It Won’t

The ABCs Of Net Neutrality: Debate Goes Mainstream As Advocates Clash Over Web Reclassification

Why Is the FCC So Reluctant to Reclassify Internet Service as a Public Utility?

This Is Why the FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Could Disempower Communities of Color

And now – behold the Left’s most ridiculous assertion of all. They claim that this most gi-normous of new power grabs – Reclassification so as to then impose Net Neutrality – is somehow about keeping the Internet exactly as it has always been.

5 Major Ways the Internet Will Change

The End of Net Neutrality – Changing the Internet as We Know It

The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal is Already Ruining the Internet

When we all know the Internet has always been classified as it currently is.  Always without any Net Neutrality regs whatsoever.

Which, again, is why the Web has become so unbelievably amazing.

Of course the Left never allows the facts to get in the way of a good beating.

Seton Motley

Seton Motley is the president of Less Government, a DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to... (read full bio)