The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted a so-called net neutrality rule, a.k.a. Open Internet, that will, at minimum, allow Internet Service Providers to charge customers according to the bandwidth amount they use. The vote was apparently along party lines, with the three Democrats pro and the two Republicans con. Because the deliberations had been held behind closed doors, we must apparently wait to see (as with Nancy Pelosi’s Obamacare bill) what the FCC regulators have given us.
The Democratic Party has been seeking this change for a long time because it inserts a measure of government control (i.e. excellent potential for censorship) into a previously open, diffuse and dynamic global network that has to date worked very well as is. Coincidentally, the United Nations as well as a number of tyrannies (UN, Islamists and Communists push global Internet regime) throughout the world are quite keen on “policing” the Internet, a move that the Obama administration is quietly facilitating. Indeed, the UN “Internet putsch” may be closer than we think.
Comedian senator Al Franken said that this may be the most important free speech issue of our times. I fully agree, but I suspect that we are thinking diametrically opposite thoughts. I happen to think that the Internet is working just fine. Al Franken is a dyed-in-the-wool Democratic apparatchik to whom freedom is anathema.
There will be court challenges to the ruling, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the FCC ruling gets overturned and the Obama sellout to the UN reversed.