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Government at its best again.

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Last Edited: January 31, 2015, 6:16 pm

Another shocking exposure...

Obamacare, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal--these are just a few examples of what happens when we give government huge power without oversight.

It's about to happen again--the Obama Administration is fighting for a government takeover of the Internet and the Federal Communications Commission is going to vote on it February 26th.

President Obama came out a few weeks ago urging the FCC to vote to regulate the Internet the same way that it regulates public utilities under Title II. What this means is that, for the first time, billions of dollars in fees will be attached to Internet service just like they are to telephone service.

You see, under Title II if someone wants to own a telephone company, there are fees baked into the law--fees companies pass on to customers.

Now, under this new regulatory regime, Internet service providers will be subject to these fees as well, and then pass them on to you, the consumer.

This is essentially a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.

The Internet is built on speed and dynamism, it’s always changing, there are always new and better ideas that are exploding onto the scene, and part of the reason for that is that innovators are not having to go ask Washington, DC for permission every time they want to do something new.

What this really comes down to is a fundamental question:

Who do you want in charge of the direction of the Internet: people at dot-com startups that brought us game changing companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and Uber; or nameless, faceless, unelected bureaucrats in our nation’s capital?

There is another aspect of this that gets overlooked: the Internet is an incredibly important force for freedom, for liberty, and the rights of free speech that we hold dear. It is an existential threat to tyrants in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia who seek to keep information from their people.

We must preserve the high ground for the United States to stand up to these countries and tell them to keep the Internet free and preserve free speech on the Internet throughout the world. We cannot do that if we are regulating the Internet in a similar manner ourselves.

I am not accusing anyone of sinister motives here, but I am deeply concerned about the idea of any government bureaucrat having the power to tell companies what they can and cannot do. In the long term, this could have a chilling effect on political speech, in ways that today we could not even begin to imagine.

We do not have much time left to stop this gigantic government takeover of the Internet. The FCC is voting on February 26th and the Left is mobilizing to support their effort to do so. We cannot let the conversation be totally one-sided. The FCC needs to hear from us today--not tomorrow or next week or next month. Today.

We must stand for liberty and preserve the Internet free of government interference.

Thank you for standing for Internet freedom.

Sincerely,

Senator Mike Lee
Republican-Utah

Entry #726

Comments

1.
jarasanComment by jarasan - January 31, 2015, 7:08 pm
The FCC should be blocked from this, since we have a repubic majority we should start writing the repubics ASAP.
2.
Comment by GASMETERGUY - January 31, 2015, 8:57 pm
In Cuba the citizens have found a way to link one home computer to another, thus forming a network.


We need to get that program.
3.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 1, 2015, 10:00 am
Comment by GASMETERGUY - Yesterday, 8:57 pm
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I am not a computer brain put a couple ideas come to mind.
Connect your computer to a home land line dial up phone and the person you want to connect with connect theirs to a land line phone. Call your connection with your phone and when they answer go to your computers to do what you want by computer. I think I remember when hospitals and doctors use to use something like that to transmit information.

I do not know how it can be done by a cell connection.
4.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 1, 2015, 10:58 am
Anyone old enough to remember stock brokerages before the internet use to have ticker tape transmission of trades. Wealthy investors use to have their own ticker tapes to keep up with trades as they happened.
I also remember reading an article when innovation came out to transmit information by tele3graph and what not someone created a device to transmit information. I do not know what became of it.
5.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - February 1, 2015, 11:10 am
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_history_of_communication.htm

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