The Web’s New Net Minder


The government took over health care, and we all know how that turned out. Now Washington is trying to get its hands on the Internet — another power grab that’s spooking people in every corner of cyberspace. Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) went a long way to accomplishing the Left’s next power grab, voting 3-2 to give their agency the authority to swoop in and regulate one of the few markets still free of government intervention.

Although there are strong feelings on both sides of the debate, one thing Americans should all agree on is that this decision — involving the federal government in one of the most productive areas of our economy should have come from Congress. Instead, three political appointees have decided to entrust a government agency with control of the Internet. (To see where an over involved government can lead, see communist China.) As many have argued, the reason the web has prospered and grown so quickly is because the government isn’t involved. Still, Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, insists that we “finally have legally sustainable rules to ensure that the Internet stays fast, fair and open.” Fast, maybe. But “fair” and “open” aren’t exactly watchwords of this administration. Forbes, one of the outlets weighing in, was quick to say that “net neutrality,” as the FCC calls it, is anything but. “It’s not party neutral. It’s not government-branch neutral. It’s not consumer-neutral.”

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