Last Bastion of Freedom

The government may implement new regulations over the Internet that could cost the economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Despite the potentially large impact of these regulations, the broadcast news networks have barely covered the issue in the almost three months since President Barack Obama announced his support for rules to achieve “net neutrality” and a “free and open Internet.” (i.e. free and open Orwellian Liberalism)

Ajit Pai, the sole Republican Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a Tweet that President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page “Net Neutrality” document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet to extract billions in new taxes from consumers and again enforce progressives’ idea of honest, equitable, and balanced content fairness.


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently acknowledged that the two Democrats on the commission had decided to avoid Congressional input regarding the Internet by adopting President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1934 Communications Act to regulate the Internet with the same federal control as the old AT&T customer monopoly. To make sure that libertarian advocates would remain in the dark, Wheeler “embargoed” release of any of the specifics in the new administrative “policy” that will act as law.

The FCC legislation that was passed eighty-one years ago by the most leftist Congress in American history to ban companies from participating in “unjust or unreasonable discrimination” when providing phone services to customers.


Pai responded that the “Courts have twice thrown out the FCC’s attempts at Internet regulation” during the Obama Administration. On January 14, 2014, the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals struck down most of the FCC’s November 2011 net neutrality rules. The Appellate Court vacated the FCC’s “anti-discrimination” and “anti-blocking” as essentially discriminatory and blocking in an attempt to again give the FCC political appointees the power to dictate what they believe is honest, equitable, and balanced.

And we all know what a Liberal means by “honest, equitable and balanced”- totalitarian control of everything in service to The Agenda and bend over they want your wallet and your blood too. 🙂

Means Government  political and social control and we’ve seen what The Ministry of Truth is like, imagine as the regulatory body of the Internet. Kiss it goodbye.

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler said on February 4 that he backed Obama’s plan to reclassify the Internet as a public utility under the government agency’s Title II authority. FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said in a press release on February 6 that the plan “marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet.” Even a liberal think tank predicted that these regulations could cost American households $156 in new fees.

Telescreens are fictional devices which operate as both televisions and security cameras. They feature in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four as well as all film adaptations of the novel. In the novel and its adaptations, telescreens are used by the ruling Party in Oceania to keep its subjects under constant surveillance, thus eliminating the chance of secret conspiracies against Oceania.

All members of the Inner Party (upper-class) and Outer Party (middle-class) have telescreens in their homes, but the proles (lower-class) are not typically monitored as they are unimportant to the Party. As later explained in Emmanuel Goldstein’s book of which Smith reads some excerpts, the Party does not feel threatened by the Proles, assuming that they would never rebel on their own, and therefore does not find a need to monitor their daily lives.

They know everything you type, everything you watch, everything you do…Now that’s “free and open” 🙂

Despite its importance, the broadcast news networks’ morning and evening shows dedicated only 3 minutes, 38 seconds of coverage to these potential regulations over the Internet since Obama’s announcement November 10, 2014 through February 9, 2015. They almost entirely ignored opposition to the plan. By way of contrast, the networks spent 67 minutes, 49 seconds covering the “Deflategate” scandal during less than one week in January, nearly 19 times more than net neutrality over a period of almost three months.

Well, you don’t want them to figure out what’s really going on, until it’s too late.

Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment, told MRC Business, “There has been almost no coverage of the president strong-arming what is supposed to be an independent agency, or the highly questionable policy he has proposed that would reverse the past two decades of Internet policy and install a heavy-handed regulate-and-tax alternative.”

When they did cover the issue, the networks were almost entirely uncritical in their reporting. On November 11, CBS’s “This Morning” co-host Gayle King echoed the White House’s talking points, saying that Obama wanted the FCC “to adopt tough rules to protect a free and open internet.”

Free and Open Liberalism, you mean!

Gayle said that “broadband service providers want to charge higher fees” for Internet access, which could “result in the blocking or slowing down of content for some.” Yet, she failed to explain how the president’s proposal would improve this situation or describe the plan’s potential costs.

ABC News only mentioned the proposed regulations once during a segment on “World News” January 20. While previewing the State of the Union address, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl vaguely referenced that Obama wanted to expand “faster, cheaper Internet access” for the “middle class.”

Segments on the other networks also brought up the proposal only in passing. On “Nightly News” December 19, 2014, NBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing highlighted “immigration, climate change and internet regulations” as policies on which Obama was “pushing the limits of his executive authority” and “defying newly empowered Republicans.” Jansing did not say how or why Republicans disagreed with the president on any of these policies.

The only instance when the networks actually explained opposition to Obama’s plan occurred during a news brief on “Nightly News” November 10, 2014. Anchor Brian Williams said, “Many Republicans said publically today if the president has his way, it would hurt innovation and job growth.” Williams did not expand on this statement.

Although the networks avoided airing dissenting opinions, critics have long said that giving the FCC greater control over the Internet could have severe impacts on freedom of speech and the economy. Former FCC commissioner Robert M. McDowell said that “FCC ‘oversight of the political process’ through more Internet regulations sounds eerily like political speech controls,” in an op-ed for The Washington Post on July 14, 2014.

The liberal Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) predicted that households could pay an additional $156 in fees to federal, state, and local governments if regulators reclassified the internet as a public utility in a report released December, 2014. Revenue from these fees would total $15 billion per year, according to PPI.

Reclassifying the internet as a public utility to achieve net neutrality might also negatively impact broadband Internet service providers (ISPs). This move “could put as many as 174,000 broadband related jobs at risk by the end of this decade,” according to the conservative think tank American Action Forum.

Gee, they would be biased  in favor of Liberals now would they… 🙂

The regulation could reduce investments in ISPs by $45.4 billion by 2019, according to a report by the economic consulting firm Sonecon. The report was co-authored by Sonecon chairman Dr. Robert J. Shapiro, who said he was an economic advisor to every Democratic candidate since President Bill Clinton, including Obama.


In addition to negative impacts of the plan on the economy and society, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai criticized the agency’s lack of transparency. Wheeler circulated the administration’s 332-page plan to members of the commission, but Pai said in his press release that he was “disappointed that the plan will not be released publicly.” He argued that the “FCC should be as open and transparent as the Internet itself and post the entire document on its website.”

Pai tweeted a picture of the plan on January 6, writing that “I wish the public could see what’s inside.”

Last year, Pai called out the FCC for undertaking the controversial Critical Information Needs (CIN) study. He warned in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on February 10, 2014, that through this study, the FCC had “proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country.” Although the FCC ultimately killed CIN, Pai drew a parallel with “the FCC’s now-defunct Fairness Doctrine, which began in 1949 and required equal time for contrasting viewpoints on controversial issues.”

As they did with the current proposed Internet regulations, the networks ignored the FCC’s threat to investigate television and radio newsrooms across the country.

“He thought of the telescreen with its never-sleeping ear. They could spy upon you night and day, but if you kept your head you could still outwit them. With all their cleverness they had never mastered the secret of finding out what another human being was thinking. . . . Facts, at any rate, could not be kept hidden. They could be tracked down by inquiry, they could be squeezed out of you by torture. But if the object was not to stay alive but to stay human, what difference did it ultimately make? They could not alter your feelings; for that matter you could not alter them yourself, even if you wanted to. They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.”― George Orwell, 1984

Imagine if Obama and Holder could know absolutely everything about you and know everything you say and do 24/7 and could monitor it all and subvert it all in the name of “free and open” “fairness”, and not just from the NSA.

Now that’s “free and open”. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel




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