Wednesday, November 29, 2017


In 2015, Obama imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulation on Internet service providers. Since then, investment has fallen. New services have been delayed or scuttled by a regulatory environment that stifles innovation. The Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order would return to Clinton era, bipartisan consensus on light regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the Internet. 

UPDATE: While all eyes are focused on broadband providers, the chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai is drawing attention to the role of the tech giants when it comes to censoring the Internet. In his speech on Net Neutrality reform, he called them out for their long track record of censoring conservative viewpoints.

Pai specifically called out a number of big tech companies, including Twitter, for opposing Net Neutrality reform on the grounds that it threatens a “free and open internet,” while engaging in widespread censorship on their own platforms. (...) Pai also called attention to Twitter’s “double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users’ accounts as opposed to those of liberal users,” stating that Twitter is “not an outlier,” the FCC chairman also drew attention to YouTube’s decision to censor videos from conservative commentator Dennis Prager. Prager is currently suing Google and YouTube over their decision to censor his videos. (...) Pai concluded by declaring web companies to be “a much bigger actual threat to an open Internet than broadband providers, especially when it comes to discrimination on the basis of viewpoint.”  (More)

Nov. 23, 2017


It is a mystery why right wing, often Libertarian leaning activists would suddenly look for heavy handed, utility style, state regulation of the Internet. While it is certainly true that The Big Tech Corporations are globalist entities exploiting liberty for the own nefarious interests, high Government regulation would be like throwing out the baby with the bath water. Is collectivist, utility regulation really the best the right wing can come up with? In the meantime Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC is presenting a plan that returns the Internet to Clinton era, light regulation.

Over twenty years ago, President Clinton and a Republican Congress established the policy of the United States “to preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet . . . unfettered by Federal or State regulation.” For decades, Commission policies encouraged broadband deployment and the development of the Internet. That ended two years ago. In 2015, the Commission imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulation on Internet service providers (ISPs). Since then, broadband investment has fallen for two years in a row—the first time that that’s happened outside a recession in the Internet era. And new services have been delayed or scuttled by a regulatory environment that stifles innovation. This Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order would return to the bipartisan consensus on lighttouch regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the Internet. This will promote future innovation and investment. And more investment in digital infrastructure will create jobs, increase competition, and lead to better, faster, cheaper Internet access for all Americans, especially those in rural and low-income areas.

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