We addressed this to some degree last week. But the Left-Media’s lying has been demonstrably worse in the week since – a feat I didn’t then fathom as possible.
The issue at hand is Network Neutrality.
- Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
- Consumers are entitled to run applications and services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
- Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
- Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.
But as with oh-so-many things devised by the Left, Net Neutrality sounds good – but isn’t. It is, in fact, a terrible idea – for a whole host of reasons.
It is always a bad idea to have government enforce – what the private sector is already enforcing without government. You never want government involved – unless you absolutely can not help it.
All of these four Net Neutrality things – were being adhered to at the time Net Neutrality was coined and created. And they have all been adhered to each and every day since.
So Net Neutrality was and is totally unnecessary. So any government enforcement thereof – is totally unnecessary.
Net Neutrality is a solution running around – in chicken-headless-fashion – blindly looking for a problem.
But that’s not why Wu created it. The Left saw the private sector Internet take off like a rocket – totally government-free. The Left desperately needed a fairy tale to convince people to allow the burying of government hooks into the Internet – so as to then reel it back in.
That fairy tale – is Net Neutrality. We’ll let another Leftist college professor, Robert McChesney, explain what then:
“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
How very Venezuela of them.
Net Neutrality’s “ultimate goal” – is to have government be the only way you can connect to the Internet.
How very China-North Korea-Iran-Saudi Arabia – on stilts – of them.
Net Neutrality has always been the Left’s Trojan Horse – to get the government into the Internet. With the “ultimate goal” – of a total government takeover.
Which is what the Barack Obama Administration executed in 2015. Under the false rubric of “Net Neutrality” – the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pretended to be Congress and totally rewrote existing telecommunications law.
Congress had in the 1996 Telecommunications Act classified the Internet as Title I. Which leaves the Internet largely unmolested by government – no coincidence that the Net did so very, very well.
Obama’s FCC – without Congress – “reclassified” the Internet. To Title II – which was created by the 1934 Telecommunications Act. Because we all know that 1934 Congressional intent – was to regulate something that wouldn’t be created for another sixty years.
Title II is for landline telephones. Believe me when I tell you – the telephone network bears just about zero resemblance to the Internet network. The Internet network – is incalculably more complex. The phone network is a candle – the Web is a nighttime Billy Joel concert at Yankee Stadium.
So why did Obama’s FCC do this? Because the FCC has HUGE regulatory (and taxing) powers in Title II. They have just about none in Title I.
Having the government regulate the Internet like a telephone – will cripple the Internet. And shrink it back down to phone network size, scope and power.
(See also: Obamacare driving private health insurance providers out of the Obamacare network.)
Which, again, is what the Left actually wants. Kill the private providers – ultimately leaving us with government as our only one.
Thankfully, the Donald Trump FCC is in the process of undoing the Obama reclassification power grab. Which has led to this last fortnight’s Left-Media freakout.
Repeated again and again in the freakout – is the “Net Neutrality” Trojan Horse lie. With endless mentions of the the innocuous “Net Neutrality” – but with zero mentions of the accompanying HUGE power grab.
Here is but a partial list of the stories – in which you will not find any mention of “Title II,” “reclassification” or “reclassified”:
AP Explains: What is Net Neutrality, and Why Does It Matter? – Associated Press (on ABCNews.com)
Net Neutrality 101: What It Is, What The FCC Did And Why It’s Important – Deadline Hollywood
Tim Wu: Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality – New York Times
Breaking Down the Fight over Net Neutrality – CBS News
How Will Rolling Back Net Neutrality Affect Consumers? You’ll Have to Read the Fine Print – Public Broadcasting System television
What’s Next For Net Neutrality – National Public Radio
The FCC Could Kill US Net Neutrality as Soon as December – The Next Web
FCC Plans December Vote on Net Neutrality – Gov Tech
What the US Would Be Like if It Ditched Net Neutrality – The Independent
Why We Should Be Wary of Ending Net Neutrality – The Guardian
Free Flow of the Internet Must Be Preserved – San Francisco Chronicle
How to Argue about Net Neutrality (and Why You Should) – Chicago Tribune
Net Neutrality Fight Offers Another Contrast in 2018 Senate Race – Houston Chronicle
Save the Internet as We Know It. Fight to Keep the Net Neutrality Rule – Salt Lake Tribune
How Losing Net Neutrality Will Change Teaching and Learning – Education Week
This is twenty-six stories – in just the last two weeks. Containing tens (hundreds?) of thousands of words. Left-Media “news” – with ZERO mentions of THE key component of the news.
Leaving out the HUGE power grab – allows the Left-Media to dishonestly portray the Trump FCC as “tools of the Internet providers.”
Rather than as what the Trump FCC actually is – a reasoned, reasonable steward of 1/6th of our entire economy.
Restoring the pre-Obama-power-grab status quo – that allowed the private sector to deliver us the free speech-free market Xanadu that is the government-free Internet.
This is really very good news – no matter what the Leftist “news” Media says.
This first appeared in Red State.