Obama moves against Internet freedom

Obama moves against Internet freedom

[Ed. – Here it is.  If you don’t know that “net neutrality” is a deceptive euphemism for “squeezing out small bloggers by making it too expensive to post content,” then you don’t know what you’re talking about.  The rules Obama has just come out in favor of will enable the feds to treat the Internet the way they treat TV, and regulate the client relations of Internet providers and all of their customers who provide content.  That will mean treating Liberty Unyielding just like Time-Warner AOL.  Bloggers will have to have the deep pockets of a major conglomerate, just to get in the game — the same way it works when you’re trying to break into TV programming.  Don’t fall for it, people.  Urge your representatives in Congress to prevent this before it gets started.]

President Obama urged the US government to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve “a free and open Internet.”

In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable “to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.” …

Some of the major broadband providers have already spoken out against the plan. “Reclassification under Title II, which for the first time would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet, would be a radical reversal of course that would in and of itself threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation,” Verizon said in an e-mailed statement.

“Today’s announcement by the White House, if acted upon by the FCC, would be a mistake that will do tremendous harm to the Internet and to U.S. national interests,” said Jim Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs, in a statement. …

At the crux of the debate over Net neutrality is Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The section, which is more than 100 pages long, regulates how common carriers must conduct business across all forms of communication in order to act “in the public interest.”

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