Tech at Night: Just how bad is Net Neutrality?

On February 24, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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They tell us that regulating things like a utility is good, when it comes to Net Neturality, but New Zealand is clear evidence to the contrary.

It’s no wonder a national consensus is forming against Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet. Polls are against it and even Google is realizing how wrong it is.

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Tech at Night: Net Neutrality Update

On February 17, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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Ah, Net Neutrality. The thing that America is being lied to, and is worse than even Ajit Pai thought. The thing that they’ve been telling us for years was necessary and good, even in comments at RedState, but has been revealed to be nothing but a packet of lies motivated by big government, they’re working to bring it.

Let’s explore just how wrong it is.

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Critics who don’t want to debate the merits of expanded government like to portray the Net Neutrality debate as activists vs Cable Companies™, but this isn’t that at all. This is the people vs. the Obama administration, as it is with EPA, NLRB, and every other overreaching regulator.

Don’t take my word for it. Commissioner Ajit Pai says “The American People are being misled about President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet.” He’s seen the plan, folks. He’s in a position to know who’s lying, and who isn’t.

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By ignoring federalism and imposing the option of socialized Internet nationwide, Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, says he’s sending a ‘clear message’. He’s right. He’s sending a message of socialism

Combine that with the coming takeover of the Internet, and it’s a terrible situation.

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Tech at Night: FCC continues its lawless march to statism

On February 5, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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Recently we’ve discussed how Obama’s FCC started rigging the stats that they use to push their agenda. Then they took aim at states opposed to socialized Internet.

Now it’s gotten even worse, as they announced the plan they were even keeping secret from the two Republican commissioners: a massive power grab to regulate the Internet under 1930s-era phone regulations, known as ‘Title II Reclassification’, or what could be called ‘deem and regulate.’

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Common sense is gone at FCC, so now they want to chuck the Constitution, too. You see, some states have wisely prohibited their cities from implementing socialized Internet access, aka ‘municipal Internet’ or ‘free WiFi’. FCC wants to meddle and force-legalize socialized Internet nationwide.

“What, me worry about the Constitution?” – Tom “Alfred E.” Wheeler, FCC Chairman?

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So it’s official: FCC is completely detached from reality and declaring that if you don’t have 25 MBit/s download speeds, you might as well have dial up because you don’t have “broadband Internet.”

Remember, this is a speed Netflix says is only required for ‘Super HD video’, so even speeds sufficient for ordinary HD Netflix streaming are no longer deemed ‘broadband’ by FCC. This means FCC’s definition of broadband is meaningless. and all stats involving broadband access and competition are tainted. If they say “X% of Americans have only 1 broadband provider,” it’s based on this meaningless definition.

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Tech at Night: The Jerk takes on Net Neutrality

On January 24, 2015, in General, by Neil Stevens
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Here at RedState, Jon Henke posted a good diary on Net Neutrality and the Thune/Upton bill. He’s right, and the slippery slope he describes the FCC being poised to run down, if it takes any Title II powers at all (which would enable it to regulate the Internet as tightly as phones, including price controls), is absolutely true.

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It’s time to settle the Net Neutrality debate. For years the left has been pushing a list of reasons to support government action, and the Thune/Upton bill addresses them.

The extremists will complain, but it’s time for the rest of us to address these popular issues and move the heck on already.

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So it’s really all about Net Neutrality right now. In case you missed it, I gave a summary of the events earlier this week. I can add to that this further update: all information I have with respect to the bill says it’s a good one.

I said before this isn’t about winning. This is about not losing. But the Thune/Upton bill is probably going to be much better than that.

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