Net Neutrality, Progressive Ovelords and Abolishing the FCC

by the Left Coast Rebel

I'm trying to enjoy this Christmas season but frankly the goings-on in the lameduck Congress have gotten me down a bit. Bush Tax rates + pork, START, the socialist food bill....what am I missing?

Oh yes, the worst thing heralding during the lameduck that doesn't even come from our progressive overlords in Congress but rather unelected central planners in the FCC.

John Fund in today's Wall Street Journal calls it a coup and he's exactly right:

“The Federal Communications Commission’s new ‘net neutrality’ rules, passed on a partisan 3-2 vote yesterday, represent a huge win for a slick lobbying campaign run by liberal activist groups and foundations. The losers are likely to be consumers who will see innovation and investment chilled by regulations that treat the Internet like a public utility.

Here's the clincher:
There’s little evidence the public is demanding these rules, which purport to stop the non-problem of phone and cable companies blocking access to websites and interfering with Internet traffic. Over 300 House and Senate members have signed a letter opposing FCC Internet regulation, and there will undoubtedly be even less support in the next Congress.

Yet President Obama, long an ardent backer of net neutrality, is ignoring both Congress and adverse court rulings, especially by a federal appeals court in April that the agency doesn’t have the power to enforce net neutrality. He is seeking to impose his will on the Internet through the executive branch.”
Of course, Dear Leader Chairman Maobama is all-for this infringement as it fulfills his worldview, puts progressive bean counters in a position of power and gets the Fed foot in the door in a market and medium that is simply too free flowing.

I guess my position on net neutrality rests on my position on the FCC in general. That being that the FCC serves no purpose to advance liberty and actually hurts it. It should be disbanded, dismembered, disemboweled, disallowed from causing further damage and then abolished.

We tea partiers, libertarians and true/independent conservatives (hell, even lefties that care about freedom of speech) need to band together and make this happen, we don't need the damned dirty fed mitts anywhere near the internet.

Save the internet, abolish the FCC! I completely agree with David Harsanyi in today's Denver Post:

Congressional Democrats could not find the votes to pass "net neutrality." No problem. Three un-elected officials will impose rules on hundreds of millions of satisfied online consumers. A federal appeals court stops the FCC from employing authority over the Internet. Again, not a problem. Three out of five FCC commissioners can carve out some temporary wiggle room, because as any crusading technocrat knows, the most important thing is getting in the door.

It's not that we don't need the FCC's meddling, it's that we don't need the FCC at all. Rather than expanding the powers — which always seem to grow — of this outdated bureaucracy, Congress should be finding ways to eliminate it.

Why would we want a prehistoric bureaucracy overseeing one of the century's great innovations? As a bottom-up, unregulated and under- taxed market in which technological innovation, free speech and competition thrive — at affordable prices, no less — the Internet poses a crisis of ideology, not commerce, for the FCC. It's about control and relevance. What else can explain the proactive rescue of the Web from capitalistic abuses that reside exclusively in the imagination of a handful of progressive ideologues?

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