Net Neutrality: “Solution that Won’t Work to a Problem that Doesn’t Exist”

An FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai, is blasting new net neutrality rules as a “solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist.” What does he mean by that? First, concerning the problem that doesn’t exist: Nowhere in the 332-page document that I’ve received will anyone find the FCC detailing any kind of systemic harm to consumers, and it seems to me that should be the predicate for certainly any kind of preemptive regulation—some kind of systemic problem that requires an industry-wide Read more […]

Net Neutrality Regulations and the Death of the Republic

Obama has made it clear that the net neutrality question could be settled without Congress. By executive order, you say? Nope. Even worse—by bureaucratic regulations: The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called net neutrality rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them. Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC’s upcoming new rules. The Obama administration’s Read more […]

The Net Neutrality Trojan Horse and a Taxed Internet

Whatever your views of net neutrality, the attempt by the civil government to treat the internet as a “public utility” may not be as innocent as you (may) think. See, Obama and other bureaucrats say they want the internet treated as a public utility so that the FCC can ensure net neutrality. But the net neutrality claims may just be a trojan horse for a more sinister objective—tax revenues: The agency [FCC] would like to make Internet service a public utility, placing broadband under Title Read more […]

Ted Cruz Explains Why Net Neutrality is Bad for Freedom

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been facing a lot of attacks from supporters of President Obama’s Net Neutrality plan, so he decided to face these attacks head on. He used his best assets, his wit and his intelligence to counter their attacks – specifically those of Senator Al Franken (D-MN).   Former WSJ publisher: Title II would be a disaster for the Internet. More freedom, not more regs: http://t.co/hgMEZzms09 #DontMessWithTheNet— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 17, 2014   A Read more […]

Obama Wants to Reclassify the Internet as a Utility

In a recent speech, President Obama laid out his plan for protecting the freedom of the internet. It involved reclassifying the internet as a utility. Regulating internet service under Title II would mean reclassifying it as a utility, like water. This means that internet providers would just be pumping internet back and forth through pipes and not actually making any decisions about where the internet goes. For the most part, that’s controversial idea in the eyes of service providers alone. It Read more […]

AT&T and Verizon think Slow Internet is “Fast Enough”

The common understanding among big-government proponents (which includes pretty much anyone who has ever voted Republican or Democrat) is that the civil government actually protects its citizens from greedy corporate interests. But what if regulation is actually one of the ways big business is screwing its customers? Consider the recent net neutrality debates swirling around ATT&T, Verizon, and Comcast. It used to be that businesses were constructed to give the customers the best service and Read more […]

Court of Appeals Shoots Down Net Neutrality

Well the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals just shot down net neutrality. Internet Service Providers may now freely choke or block any sites they want. Perhaps a big dog blog wants to silence its competition, and it cuts a check to Verizon so that any competing site is blocked or slow to load on Verizon’s network. That’s now legal. Or what if ISPs want to charge a premium price to content-providers for quicker loading? That’s legal too. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has shot down net neutrality Read more […]

Net Neutrality Threatened By Federal Court Decision

According to an article in Wired, net neutrality is being threatened by an impending decision by the DC Circuit court, apparently the highest court in the land second only to the Supreme Court. Net neutrality is the doctrine that ISPs like Comcast and AT&T may not play favorites with some sites over others, and that they may not block certain sites for any reason. This keeps the internet largely free, at least in the ideological sense. Before net neutrality was firmly established, large Read more […]