The FCC, with its new chairman Ajit Pai, has moved to dismantle the onerous and erroneous rules the Obama administration set up to turn the Internet into a government-controlled leviathan, like our telephone system was until AT&T was broken up.
Yesterday’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) was kicked off by a 2-1 vote of the commission to roll back the Obama rules. As the comment period opened up, 423,302 comments have flooded the FCC website (as of this writing). Just about all of them are against the rollback, of course. Most of them even contain the same wording. The most popular name used in the comment filings is “John Doe.”
This bears the indelible stamp of astroturf. Fringe anti-free-speech pseudo-communists like Minnesota Sen. Al Franken are pushing people to flood the FCC. Sites like PopularResistance.org, a Grand Central Station of community organizers, union bosses, K-street money, and Democrats, are running “Occupy the FCC” campaigns.
They are encouraging people to tweet Chairman Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) and organize protests at the commission’s offices. So far, their efforts have not had their desired effect.
ICYMI, net neutrality means that the government would control ISPs and their relationships with content providers in a manner like telecommunication utilities (common carriers) under Title II. It’s a ridiculous, anachronistic, innovation-stifling approach that will have the exact opposite effect of the people who think it’s “anti-corporatist.”
I used to own a small ISP back in the “wild west” days of the 1990s when the Internet was little more than an AOL CD in the mail to most users. If net neutrality isn’t rolled back, the days of the small innovator, web hosting company, new technology provider for “last mile” access, fiber operator, or content delivery company are numbered. The large companies would simply lobby the government to get their way and crush the little guys.
Net neutrality is little more than a guarantee of corporate cronyism, while leftists shut down speech with which they do not agree. It’s like Austin, Boston, and Seattle with Uber and ride sharing companies. If they can’t control it, tax it, and force companies to agree with a social agenda, liberals would rather shut down an entire industry.
But from the comments on the FCC website, it’s obvious the people posting have no understanding at all of this.
FCC, Remember that you exist to serve the people of the United States, not your corporate donors. Removing net neutrality is directly against the will of the citizens of the US. We are PRO net neutrality!
Never mind the fact that FCC commissioners are appointed, not elected, and therefore there are no “corporate donors.” Never mind the fact that polls have found most people don’t even know what net neutrality is or means. Never mind the fact that most cable providers–who have all but taken over the role of ISP–support net neutrality.
Cable television, land-line telephone service, and electric utilities typically offer consumers the least choice of any service. And cable companies generally have the worst customer service ratings because they are forced down customers’ throats. Comcast enjoys the dubious title of being America’s most hated company.
Comcast opposed Title II regulation, but supports net neutrality. So much for “corporate donors.” The FCC will note the comments on their website during the NPRM comment period, then proceed with its dismantling of Obama’s terrible rules. The Internet is best when it’s truly free, not forced into some false distortion of “neutrality.”