Question: What do we know about the FCC’s attempts to interfere with our internet?
The following article and/or blog post reveals the eye-opening answer to this question-You Decide:
Don’t Let The Government Slow Internet Progress-Posted on InternetFreedomCoalition.Org-On October 25, 2009:
These are pertinent excerpts from this article and/or blog post:
“Robert McChesney (University of Illinois professor) and John Nichols (The Nation magazine) are Free Press founders and hard-left Marxists. McChesney recently told the Socialist magazine The Bullet:
“Instead of waiting for the revolution to happen, we learned that unless you make significant changes in the media, it will be vastly more difficult to have a revolution.”
This is a man who, two weeks after 9/11, said:
“Likewise, Americans have no idea of the United States’ own history in the world as a supporter of terrorism. The United States is, I think, by any honest account, the leading terrorist institution in the world today.”
In a February 2009 article titled “A New New Deal under Obama?” for the socialist Monthly Review McChesney and co-author John Bellamy Foster wrote:
“These gains will only be made through an enormous class struggle from below. If won, they will not, we underscore, eliminate the evils of capitalism, or the dangers it poses for the world and its people. In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles. This is something that the great majority of the population will undoubtedly learn in the course of their struggles for a more equal, more humane, more collective, and more sustainable world. In the meantime, it is time to begin to organize a revolt against the ruling classâ€“imposed ceiling on civilian government spending and social welfare in U.S. society.”
Free Press, far from condemning disgraced radical green jobs czar Van Jones, a former Free Press board member, rallied to his defense following his resignation, posting a statement attacking Glenn Beck and FOX News titled (http://www.freepress.net/node/72459): “Free Press Calls on Obama Administration to Resist Extremism in the Media. Defends Former Free Press Board Member Van Jones.”
Free Press is directly tied to White House Internet Czar Susan Crawford, described Wired Magazine as, “the most powerful geek close to the president.”
Free Press and ACORN are both participating organizations of Crawford’s “OneWebDay” project. (http://onewebday.org/participating-organizations/) Crawford self-consciously modeled OneWebDay on Earth Day and the radical environmental agenda that it propelled forward.
She explains on the OneWebDay site:
“Earth Day was the model when I founded OneWebDay in 2006. In 1969, one man asked the people to do what their elected representatives would not: take the future of the environment into their own hands.” Today, a worldwide citizens’ movement has put the environment front and center politically. According to Crawford, “peoples’ lives now are as dependent on the Internet as they are on the basics like roads, energy supplies and running water. We can no longer take that for granted, and we must advocate for the Internet politically and support its vitality personally.”
As Crawford explained her mission in the White House to The Wall Street Journal in April: “We should do a better job as a nation of making sure fast, affordable broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity, water, snail mail, or any other public utility.”
Crawford was in charge of the FCC for the Obama transition team, working under transition team co-chair John Podesta of the Center for American Progress (former employer of Mark Lloyd and Van Jones). In that capacity, she counseled Obama to appoint Julius Genachowski to the FCC, along with former Free Press staffer Jen Howard and former author of a paper for Free Press, Mark Lloyd.
Free Press is now, not surprisingly, extremely influential with the Obama administration and its supposedly independent agency, the FCC. According to National Journal
“Free Press, Google and Public Knowledge worked with then-candidate Obama to help develop his tech policies. Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn is a longtime friend of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who tapped Free Press spokeswoman Jen Howard to be his press secretary. Free Press and the Media Access Project, a public interest law firm, regularly draw marquee names such as Susan Crawford, special assistant to the president for science, technology and innovation policy, as keynoters. She previously was a member of Public Knowledge’s advisory board.”
The push for Internet regulation ultimately goes all the way to the top. (Video on Free Press web site at: http://www.freepress.net/obama_net_neutrality)
Barack Obama: “I will take a back seat to no one in my commitment to Net Neutrality.”
Note: The following is the official web site for the Institute for Liberty and an email that I recently forwarded to the FCC expressing my concerns on this issue and suggest that you do the same, if you are concerned about the federal government interfering with our internet-You Decide:
“To: The Federal Communications Commission
I am submitting the following reply comment regarding the matter of preserving the open Internet. GN Docket No, 09-191, WC Docket No. 07-52:
I am an American, deeply concerned about continued government interference in our economy. With the economy sputtering along, we need government policies that will free-up the time and the resources of America’s entrepreneurs. One particular area in which the government ought not interfere is the internet—a highly successful and competitive marketplace.
The internet cannot be treated like a public utility. Phone, cable, wireless, satellite and even power companies are engaged in fierce competition to win Internet customers, producing tremendous advances in technology, customer services, and driving prices down. Were the government to attempt to control these businesses through regulation, as some are proposing here, the American people would lose a tremendous opportunity.
When it comes to the Internet, competitive forces, investments and innovation ought to not only to be preserved, but promoted and encouraged. In the last 15 years, America has gone from weak dial-up, difficult-to-use internet applications to blindingly fast broadband speeds where services are only limited by the boundaries of their own creativity.
In their initial comments, Free Press made a number of claims, without substantiating those claims. Before it seriously considers regulating, the Commission must place the burden of proof on those arguing for the regulations, and not on those arguing for restraint. If a clear case cannot be made that a problem actually exists, and that the proposed regulations are necessary and beneficial to address that existing problem, the Commission should show restraint.
Free Press offers an interesting argument in the form of a litany of “Doomsday scenarios” offered by broadband providers, claiming that no such scenarios have occurred as a result of the Commission’s neutrality guidelines.
“Appendix A: The Doomsday Predictions Made by Internet Service Providers Concerning Net Neutrality Which Have Failed to Materialize In order to highlight the reality that many of the doomsday predictions that will likely be made by open Internet opponents in this proceeding are nothing more than unfounded scare tactics, we have compiled for the Commission a sampling of similar such doomsday predictions that failed to materialize. (p 159)”
If Free Press considers Doomsday predictions failing to materialize relevant, surely the Commission should take notice of the fact that none of Free Press’s “Doomsday predictions” absent regulations have come true either.
Free Press proudly points out that “public interest groups … have been advocating for net neutrality rules for more than a decade.” (p157) And Free Press’ss web site offers the following warning:
“The consequences of a world without Net Neutrality would be devastating. Innovation would be stifled, competition limited, and access to information restricted. Consumer choice and the free market would be sacrificed to the interests of a few corporations.”
The failure of Free Press’s own “doomsday predictions” to materialize over the entire decade it and other “public interest” groups have been making such predictions would also seem to be relevant to the Commission. By Free Press’s own standards, their dire predictions as to the “devastating” consequences of a world without network neutrality regulations should be viewed as “nothing more than unfounded scare tactics.” Broadband Internet is not presently subject to any nondiscrimination rule, so it is Free Press that is arguing for a major change in policy and that therefore should have the burden of proving the purported harms in the presently unregulated market.
Regulation should only be promulgated based on a clearly definable market failure or harm. Free Press has demonstrated no such market failure or harm, and continues to posit mere hypotheticals.
We also offer the following comments in response:
1) Network neutrality regulations would harm investment and advancement of internet Services, and Free Press has offered no evidence to the contrary.
2) Willing investors and willing purchasers have funded the information revolution that has added to Americans’ freedom, knowledge, and economic well-being.
3) The Commission cannot regulate its way to more and better internet connections.
4) Network neutrality regulations cannot be used to favor one industry sector over another.
5) As an agency of the federal government, its decisions should be based on empirical evidence, not alarmism.
In their misleading calls to “preserve” network neutrality, Free Press and other proponents of Internet regulations are asking the Commission to regulate the Internet for the first time.
My concerns with that FCC’s initial proposal are as follows:
1) A burden of proof requiring network management practices is restrictive and unreasonable. It will hamper the implementation of potentially successful business models. Greater uncertainty will undoubtedly create increase legal liabilities, as well as reduce the potential gains made from network-capacity investments. Why invest when you can’t realize any returns on your investment?
2) Hampering network management would severely cripple the Internet, which would in turn lead to even greater government intervention. Increasing government control would politicize the ‘net in such a way as to stymie those competitive and innovative forces on which it has relied for its impressive growth. One need only look to the onerous taxation and regulation of electric power generation in America today as a primary example of what happens when the government interferes—yet this is exactly what leftist proponents of Network Neutrality regulations such as Robert McChesney and Susan Crawford have claimed as their ultimate goal.
3) It should not be the purview of an independent federal agency to regulate such a broad and vital sector of the American economy on its own. Congress has the duly-designated constitutional authority to make such decisions, and as such, ought to be the initial body for such a debate. They make the law, the FCC can only interpret and enforce it. As far as I am concerned, this is a clear over-extension of the FCC’s delegated powers.
4) Finally, I am deeply concerned that the FCC is taking a step here that will result in content control restrictions on the Internet, as evidenced by paragraph 77 of the NPRM that the Commission may ultimately be the arbiter of which competing interests should be prioritized. I do not want government bureaucrats in Washington DC telling me what information I can and cannot get from the internet.
Those trying to implement “net neutrality” have been attempting to raise the specter of a crisis for nearly a decade. There is no crisis. There is no rationale for regulating the Internet. We need to be putting people to work, stimulating the economy, and helping small businesses and entrepreneurs. Regulating the Internet will do just the opposite, stifling innovation and creativity, and severely damaging perhaps the most successful sector of the American economy.
Neither Free Press nor other organizations petitioning for Internet regulations have offered evidence of a market failure or a pattern of abuses.
Free Press has been arguing for nearly a decade that the Internet will face devastating harms unless the government regulates it. And for nearly a decade, exactly the opposite has unfolded. Free Press’s hypothetical crisis is merely that, and the Commission has neither the obligation nor the ability to promulgate regulations aimed at alleviating a problem for which it can find no evidence.
Free Press and other proponents of Internet regulations have offered ideology in the place of evidence, and fear in the place of facts. I ask that the Commission to vote against regulating the Internet, and instead allow it to grow unfettered.”
Note: What follows are nmerous articles and blog posts and videos that relate to and/or support the above articles and/or blog posts-You Decide:
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Google Warns Of U.N. Internet Takeover!-Posted on Personal Liberty Digest-By Sam Rolley –On November 23, 2012:
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Obama’s Executive Order: National Security & Emergency Communications!-Posted on Freedom Outpost-On July 7, 2012:
THE FBI COULD CUT YOUR INTERNET ACCESS IN FOUR DAYS (HERE’S HOW TO PREVENT IT)!-Posted on The Blaze-By Liz Klimas-On July 5, 2012:
Obama Could Finally Acquire Elusive Internet “Kill Switch”!–Posted on Western Journalism-By DOUG BOOK-On May 7, 2012:
House Passes CISPA, Threatens The Internet!-Posted on Western Journalism-By BREAKING NEWS-On April 27, 2012:
House Moves Ahead With CISPA, Despite Criticism Of The “Cybersecurity” Bill!-Posted on Western Journalism-By BREAKING NEWS-On April 26, 2012:
CISPA The New SOPA: Is The Era Of Internet Freedom Coming To An End?-Posted on Western Journalism-By DANIEL NOE-On April 6, 2012:
CISPA The New SOPA: Is The Era Of Internet Freedom Coming To An End?–Posted on Western Journalism-By DANIEL NOE-On April 6, 2012:
ObamaCare Subjects Nearly Every Phone And Computer To Government Control!-Posted on Big Government-By SETON MOTLEY-On March 12, 2012:
Harvard Prof: Megaupload-Style Cases Will Kill Tech Companies!-Posted on Western Journalism-By FLOYD BROWN-On January 31, 2012:
Video: Congressman, SOPA is a “Cripping Danger to the Internet!”–Posted on ExposeObama.com-By Rep. Tom McClintock,R-CA-On January 25, 2012:
Why the Government Must Control the Internet!–Posted on Godfather Politics-By THE GODFATHER-On January 22, 2012:
Video: Slam Dunk Argument to End Discussion on SOPA!–Posted on The Patriot Update-On January 21, 2012:
SOPA Support Crumbles under Pressure!–Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By Dan Holler-On January 20, 2012:
Free Speech Under Siege In America By Those that Support Illegal Immigration!-Posted on ALIPAC-On January 19, 2012:
Sopa and Pipa would create a consumption-only internet!–Posted on The Guardian-By Clay Shirky, guardian.co.uk-On January 18, 2012:
An Internet Blackout Over SOPA and PIPA!-Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By Mike Brownfield-On January 18, 2012:
The Web World Fights Back Against Federal Internet Control!-Posted on Personal Liberty Digest-By Sam Rolley-On January 18, 2012:
How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation!-Posted on Electronic frontier Foundation-By TREVOR TIMM-On January 16, 2012:
Video: Proof The U.S. Government Is Monitoring Social Networking Sites!–Posted on Western Journalism-On January 16, 2012:
Lawmakers raise privacy concerns as DHS crafts social media monitoring program!-Posted on Foxews.com-On January 14, 2012:
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Online Piracy and SOPA: Beware of Unintended Consequences!-Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By James Gattuso-On December 21, 2011:
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Prediction: Internet in Government’s Hands!–Posted on One News Now-By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow-On November 11, 2011:
Democrats rally support against Republican bid to overturn FCC net neutrality rules!-Posted on The Daily Caller-By Josh Peterson, Tech Editor-On November 4, 2011:
Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System scheduled!-Posted on The Examiner-By Jeanne Eckman, Lancaster Diabetes Examiner-On October 24, 2011:
The Government Can ‘Seize Control’ On November 9, 2011 And ‘There Is Nothing We Can Do!–Posted on The Blaze-By Tiffany Gabbay-On October 24, 2011:
Did You Know Feds Will Temporarily Cut Off All TV and Radio Broadcasts November 9, 2011?–Posted on The Blaze-By Buck Sexton-On October 22, 2011:
FEMA, FCC Announce Nationwide Test Of The Emergency Alert System–Posted on FEMA.gov-On June 9, 2011:
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FCC Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test (EAS)-Posted on FCC.gov:
White House Online Counterterrorism Woes!–Posted on Politico-By CHARLES HOSKINSON-On October 19, 2011:
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Government clamps down on Cyber Security Command details!-Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On July 21, 2011:
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FCC Sends Net Neutrality Rules to White House!-Posted on The Daily Caller-By C.J. Ciaramella-On July 2, 2011:
FCC Quacks Duck Court Showdown!–Posted on The Washington Times-By By Seton Motley, The Washington Times-On June 17, 2011:
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Organization With Socialist Ties Driving “Net Neutrality” Agenda Inside FCC!-Posted on Judicial Watch-June 2011:
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Google & The U.S. Government–Posted on InsideGoogle.com-On January 24, 2011:
Obama Asks High Court to Let Regulators Crack Down on F-Bombs–Posted on FoxNews.com-By Lee Ross-On April 22, 2011:
White House draft bill expands DHS cyber responsibilities–Posted on Federal News Radio-By Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio-On April 14, 2011:
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House passes net neutrality repeal–Posted on The Hill-By Sara Jerome-On April 8, 2011:
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Note: The above articles and/or blog posts and videos relate to and/or support my following blog posts-You Decide:
FCC reclassifying the Internet as a telephone system!
What Happened to Free Speech?
Nearly 80 percent don’t trust the government!
Have Americans Stopped Having Confidence In Their Government?
Ongoing Concerns With This President and His Administration!
Where Is America Today?
Washington Times Calls for Obama’s Impeachment!
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“Food For Thought”
“God Bless & Keep Our USA Safe”