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Are we fixin’ to neuter the Internet?

Leslie Brown

The Internet is an electronic “public commons” of sorts, and we are a country that supposedly has “free speech”. What could go wrong with regulation from the folks that brought us the IRS, DMV, VA Healthcare, and Obamacare?

The FCC Commissioner himself is wondering why Obama is trying to conceal it from the American Public in a, you-have-to-pass-it-to-find-out-what’s-in-it-sorta way.

There must be some kind of mistake, because Obama said he has “the most transparent administration in history.” As reported in Western Journalism the FCC Commissioner himself is against this big-government “power-grab” that he said would increase prices, curtail innovation, and slow down broadband service. Good times.

I am disappointed that the plan will not be released publicly. The FCC should be as open and transparent as the Internet itself and post the entire document on its website. Instead, it looks like the FCC will have to pass the President’s plan before the American people will be able to find out what’s really in it.~FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

In addition to sharing how Obama is keeping the plan secret, the commissioner also shared what he thinks about the plan.

He states that Obama’s plan “marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet” that will allow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.” He describes it as an “overreach” that will shift the power toward Washington’s bureaucracy and away from the American people.

Pai writes that the plan will increase consumers’ broadband bills and also result in slower broadband service for Americans.

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