It is funny reading the comments from people all over the net for and against the revamping of the Open Internet. Many who supported this just a few years ago when it was proposed under a slightly different form under Bush’s FCC Chairman Michael Powell, now oppose it, and those who opposed it, for no reason other than it was being proposed by the Bush administrations, now support it, without really knowing what IT is. No one has seen the proposed regulations, only the leaked snippets of the proposal, but not the nuts and bolts of the new regulations.
If you do not know who to trust, maybe you will trust the words of a Senator:
"Congress and the public have the right to review any specific proposal and decide whether or not it constitutes sound policy."
Unfortunately, the FCC Chairman Wheeler, (at the request of the President), has refused to present the full 308 pages of regulation to congress. In essence, 5 unelected bureaucrats will change the way the FCC regulates Internet service providers. The one part we do know, ISP’s are now classified as utilities under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.
So, the government regulates, and in some municipalities owns, the phone, electric, gas and cable companies. I guess with government regulations we should all love our cable providers, never have an issue with our phone bills, and can’t wait to receive our electric bill in the mail. Unfortunately, regulation does not equal lower bills, better service or competition. Given the governments’ track record with running and regulating utilities, why would we want this for the best forum for free speech, collaboration, innovation and greatest creator of wealth in the United States?
By the way, the Senate in our quote is Barack Obama.