Internet Services, Millennials, and Liberty

Internet Services Takeover: Ignorance of Millennials Erodes their own Liberty

keyold Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge. ~Isaiah 5:13


Rush Limbaugh

millennialsMillennials are celebrating [Net Neutrality] as “massive landmark legislation” on February 26, when the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] voted to approve hundreds of pages of “net neutrality” regulations. Legislation? There was no legislation! Legislation can only come from the legislative branch of the government.

The FCC does not have the authority to do what it did. Rewriting telecommunications law falls under the rubric of Congress. It just so happens this Congress has shirked its responsibility.

I saw, across the board, American young people blindly, happily, arrogantly supporting this power grab. For one reason: they think the telecommunications companies, which they loathe, will get spanked. It’s depressing to see this kind of ignorance among supposedly educated people.

Obama does not emancipate; he restrains. He doesn’t expand; he limits. As in net neutrality, which is not, as my little tech blotters so proudly, happily said, “landmark legislation, so cool.” No, it’s a diktat, hundreds of pages of regulations, by an agency without any Constitutional legislative power.

internet-censhorshipConsider, if you will, what the Chi-Coms are doing, not that this would change one tech blogger’[s mind. China has already censored Google. Google is totally subservient to what the Chinese government will allow them to present, in their search function or anything else. The Chi-Coms last year alone shut down some 60,000 websites, because they didn’t like the content.

You don’t understand who the people are who are doing this, do you Who’s to say he wouldn’t make it very hard for a website that he doesn’t like to operate? The FCC just gave itself the power to police conduct by broadband providers on a case-by-case basis. On the basis of what will they “police” the “conduct”? Say the offending website is owned and operated by Republicans. Well, we know what will happen. Or, say the offending website is cheating people but is owned by Democrats, rich donors to Obama. We know what will happen there, too.

This is made to order for groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, Media Matters for America, you name the Soros group.

And if you’re a typical know-nothing millennial, you have never heard the 1967 warning from Ronald Reagan: “Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” (Limbaugh Letter, April 2015, 2-3.)


US Regulator Sued by Internet Services over Net Neutrality Rules

internet-censhorship3U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission’s recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is expected to be a series of legal challenges.

Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC’s net neutrality regulations.

The group argues the new rules are “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion” and violate various laws, regulations and rulemaking procedures.

Texas-based Internet provider Alamo Broadband Inc. challenged the FCC’s new rules in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, making a similar argument.

The rules, approved in February and posted online on March 12, treat both wireless and wireline Internet service providers as more heavily regulated “telecommunications services,” more like traditional telephone companies.

Broadband providers are banned under the rules from blocking or slowing any traffic and from striking deals with content companies for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers.

USTelecom President Walter McCormick said in a statement that the group’s members supported enactment of “open Internet” principles into law but not using the new regulatory regime that the FCC chose.
“We do not believe the Federal Communications Commission’s move to utility-style regulation … is legally sustainable,” he said.

Industry sources have previously told Reuters that USTelecom and two other trade groups, CTIA-The Wireless Association and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, were expected to lead the expected legal challenges.

Verizon Communications Inc., which won the 2010 lawsuit against the FCC, is likely to hold back from filing an individual lawsuit this time around, an industry source familiar with Verizon’s plan has told Reuters.

FCC officials have said they were prepared for lawsuits and the new rules were on much firmer legal ground than previous iterations. The FCC said Monday’s petitions were “premature and subject to dismissal.”

The FCC’s rules have yet to be published in the Federal Register and formally go into effect, though USTelecom in its lawsuit says it filed the challenge on Monday in case the rules are construed to be final on the date of issue.

The case is U.S. Telecom Association v. FCC and United States of America, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, No. 15-1063.
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