He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
- Swift, English Author (1667-1745)
The FCC was struck down by the judicial branch, in which a federal appeals court ruled the FCC lacked the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.
The FCC was scolded by the legislative branch, from which over 300 members of Congress told the FCC to leave the legislating to the legislators and stop trying to appoint itself as regulator of the Internet.
Undeterred, by an FCC vote of 3 – 2, chairman Julius Genachowski was able to impose FCC supervision and control of all Internet access in America. To hell with the judicial and the legislative branches! Who needs three branches of government anyways, right Julius?
As disgusting as Julius’ dictatorial power grab may have been, there’s also something worth taking heart in when you see the latest numbers from Rasmussen Reports.
Never underestimate the intelligence of the American people! Against the 21% of Americans who support it, there are two and a half times as many Americans opposing the FCC’s self-appointment as Internet Overlord.
American voters believe free market competition will protect Internet users more than government regulation and fear that regulation will be used to push a political agenda. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed to such regulation, and 25% are not sure. The survey was conducted shortly after the FCC decided on a party line vote to impose so-called “net neutrality” regulations on the Internet world. Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly oppose FCC regulation of the Internet, while Democrats are more evenly divided. Those who use the Internet most are most opposed to FCC regulations.
By a 52% to 27% margin, voters believe that more free market competition is better than more regulation for protecting Internet users.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters believe that the FCC would use its regulatory authority to promote a political agenda. Half that number (28%) disagree and believe the commission would regulate in an unbiased manner.
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