Regulate the internet! Obama demands

Net Neutrality - Govt RegulatedIt’s all about “net neutrality” and “fairness” after all, isn’t it?

First, from CNet.com, then a personal experience about the internet:

Obama: Regulate broadband Internet like a utility so it ‘works for everyone’

by Don Reisinger and Roger Cheng

President Obama calls for tighter rules from the FCC — leaving a little bit of wiggle room — in an effort to preserve a “free and open Internet.”

President Obama urged the US government to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve “a free and open Internet.”

In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable “to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.”

As everyone knows, if you want to promote innovation, new thinking, improve technology, the first thing you do with an idea or a service is throttle it to death.  Yeah.  That’s the ticket.

Some of the major broadband providers have already spoken out against the plan. “Reclassification under Title II, which for the first time would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet, would be a radical reversal of course that would in and of itself threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation,” Verizon said in an e-mailed statement.

“To attempt to impose a full-blown Title II regime now, when the classification of cable broadband has always been as an information service, would reverse nearly a decade of precedent, including findings by the Supreme Court that this classification was proper,” David Cohen, executive vice president at Comcast, said in a statement.

But wait; the good part’s coming.

At the crux of the debate over Net neutrality is Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The section, which is more than 100 pages long, regulates how common carriers must conduct business across all forms of communication in order to act “in the public interest.” Net neutrality supporters say that the language is vague and could be used to sidestep a free and open Internet and give ISPs the opportunity to sign deals with Internet companies that would provide for prioritization of traffic.

There we go; the proper buzzphrase is finally out there: “in the public interest.”

Just what is “in the public interest”?

Up until just a few years ago, television stations couldn’t air an editorial unless the “other side” was provided equal time.  This was the “Fairness Doctrine” (see a common thread emerging here?), started in 1949 and rescinded in 1987.  It was decided the “Fairness Doctrine” wasn’t.  And I completely concur.  There was never a “Fairness Doctrine” levied upon any portion of the press, so why broadcast media?

Just what is “in the public interest”?  The FCC via Obama’s regime could capriciously decide one day, buttressed by an Imperial Obaka EO, that the “public interest” in terms of the internet could best be determined by a “fair” and “equal” number of blogs, or podcasts, or a larger number of Liberal instead of Conservative editorials.  Or bloggers could, as was possibly theorized, be “licensed” and their views tracked, monitored, recorded, stored, taxed or subpoenaed not unlike Lois Lerner’s IRS or Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Let’s get down to additional brass tacks.  Leftist radio and television has, for the most part, been an abject failure.  This has been proven time and again with Leftist talk show hosts who are no more, along with the Leftist radio network Air America which is not just moribund but erased from the planet.  CNN and MSNBC are being beaten by the Weather Channel.  Conservatives have none of their philosophies or leanings supported by federal tax dollars as NPR does.

People vote just not by the ballot box but with their feet and their checkbooks as well.  But because the free market base isn’t there for Leftist networks and opinions, some persons wanted to bring back the “Fairness Doctrine.”  Some like, oh, say, Dennis Kucinich.  This, to me, smacks of the “Fairness Doctrine” re-introduced solely for the control to be acquired therefrom.  And trust me, with regard to Mr Obaka, it is always about control.

[Don’t confuse the Fairness Doctrine — which dealt with “controversial opinions” — with the Equal Time Rule, which dealt with political candidates.]

Here’s another little tidbit for the Libertarians amongst you: whatever the government regulates, taxes and throttles, it also can control.  As in: shut down.  What, question for you, is one of the “first things” Leftists want to do to millions of people around this nation?  That’s correct: remove many of your First Amendment liberties under the guise of “hate speech” or “fear speech” or “Leftist Bullshit Buzzphrase of the Week speech.”  Where is speech still relatively free?  Oh yes, correct; the internet.  You may not like the speech; your ox may get gored now and then, but you’re bigger than that, aren’t you?  Apparently, Leftists are not.  They’d rather the Chinese model of the internet, or that of North Korea, Cuba or Venezuela.

Finally, my own little experience with what “Net Neutrality” truly is.

I was speaking to my neighbor a few weeks ago, and the topic of TV via phone lines instead of satellite came up.  Our internet service is already provided via phone lines in the community.  We reached the topic of internet speeds and his sucked.  So did my female neighbor’s.  My internet speeds, frankly, are faster than my wife’s in the Sacramento Valley.  Why?  Because I pay for the highest speed, that’s why — and my neighbors don’t.  Therefore it’s inherently “unfair” that my speeds are superior to theirs.  There needs to be “equality.”  Or, “Net Neutrality.”

I wrote this back in 2008:

It is the clear and immediate intent of the Demorats, Leftists and Socialists to remove your ability to blog, speak and write fairly and/or hold opinions about events occurring in the United States, in order to keep people more completely in the dark and, moreover, to suppress objection to their agendas and power machinations.

Dissent, discussion, opinions, free and open markets, Demorats clearly indicate, must be stopped.

There you have it.

BZ

 

Welcome to Tuesday: “U.N. to Seek Control of the Internet.”

From the WeeklyStandard.com:

Next week the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union will meet in Dubai to figure out how to control the Internet. Representatives from 193 nations will attend the nearly two week long meeting, according to news reports.

“Next week the ITU holds a negotiating conference in Dubai, and past months have brought many leaks of proposals for a new treaty. U.S. congressional resolutions and much of the commentary, including in this column, have focused on proposals by authoritarian governments to censor the Internet. Just as objectionable are proposals that ignore how the Internet works, threatening its smooth and open operations,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

“Having the Internet rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla. The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect among 425,000 global routes, cheaply and efficiently delivering messages and other digital content among more than two billion people around the world, with some 500,000 new users a day.

The internet IS and WAS a major “game changer” on the planet.

Bill O’Reilly hates it.  I happen to love it: the Libertarian in me —

— for any number of reasons, not the least of which is its freedom.  It’s — as yet — total and rampant freedom, within purpose.

It’s the absolute Wild West and an amazing gift — all at once — in a tumultuous rumble of staggering mayhem.

Just like human beings, it’s as good or as bad as we are.

But it’s also The Great Equalizer.

If I knew the HTML, I could have a website every bit as gorgeous, intuitive, extensive, professional, graphically intense or beautiful as that of Rolls-Royce or Exxon-Mobil or Hyundai or Fuji Heavy Industries.  Sometimes the most powerful companies have the worst-looking websites.

There is, truly, great equilibrium in the internet.

It is terribly bad.  Yet it is terribly good.

It deserves — it must — have its freedom protected.

BZ

 

 

“Houston, WE HAVE INTERNET!”

Those who read this blog know that I am something of a “bi-coastal” person; that is to say, I stay at my wife’s house in Elk Grove (otherwise known as Baja Mack Road or Ghetto Centrale) and also at my house at the 4,000-foot elevation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Fornicalia.

I’ve had my house since 1993 and it’s a two-story open-loft cabin surrounded by trees and a landscaped, fenced terrain.  I own it now, outright.  It is a stone’s throw from the original Central Pacific Railroad line built in the 1860s — now owned by the Union Pacific.  Because of this, I found a reinvigorated interest in history, video and photography (I was, at one time, a paid stringer for The Sacramento Bee).  This interest also spawned my train blog (which I highly recommend), Milepost154.

That said, my only connection to the internet at the cabin was via — no, I’m not kidding — a “dial-up” connection.  For those who wish to relive their horrible dial-up past, click here.  Because that was the story of my internet life for many years.

Of course, I tried alternatives.  Hughesnet and SkyBlue were an incredibly expensive abomination which penalized you at the first sense of pressured bandwidth.  ColfaxNet was simply incompetent.  DigitalPath couldn’t make things work.  Luckily, AT&T came through the area with the offer of their U-verse.

So, roughly an hour ago, AT&T left my cabin, leaving behind a vertical black plastic monolith with little winking green lights, hooked directly up to my Toshiba DX-735  “all-in-one.”  I’ve disabled the wi-fi until I can figure it out.  However, I’m “on the net” to the tune of up to 12 mbps.

At this point I’m listening to Hugh Hewitt over streaming radio, watching YouTube train videos, creating this post and clicking between seven open tabs.

A few minutes ago, I set fire to the tin cans and twine I used to access the internet.  Because now — holey moley — I may not have the fastest internet connection known to Man, but it’s infinitely faster than eastern red-backed squirrels, carrier pigeons or this.

I’m a lucky guy.

BZ