FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski did their dirty work this week by announcing that he plans to reclassify broadband lines so his agency can regulate them under rules that were written for Ma Bell in the 1930s. This means subjecting the Internet to new political supervision—from the federal government and 50 state public utility commissions. The goal is to put one more industry under Washington's political thumb.
Even Bill Clinton's FCC, under Chairman Bill Kennard, had refused to go this far. "Classifying Internet access as telecommunication services could have significant consequences for the global development of the Internet," said Mr. Kennard in a 1998 speech. "We recognized the unique qualities of the Internet, and do not presume that legacy regulatory frameworks are appropriately applied to it."
This FCC action will be challenged in court but will still introduce years of uncertainty at a time when the economy needs all the risk-taking and investment it can get. More federal control will lead to a new era of political meddling in Internet investment, bandwidth allocation, and no doubt much more. Google and others who are cheering now will not like where this ends up if religious right groups etc. start demanding FCC content regulations during the next GOP Administration.
This is the change promised during the Obama campaign. Freedom does not reign under the liberal fascist Obamanation. Democrats will not rest until they control every aspect of your life from D.C. If you dare oppose the Obamanation of American and defend the Constitution, you will be declared an enemy of the state by the current Administration and the main stream media.
Last week's UK elections must be a warning to all of us. If we do not act decisively to rid the Congress of DemocRAT control in the November national elections, our fate will be sealed for decades.