Obama’s FCC Gets Its Hands Around the Internet’s Throat

The Internet is like the American economy used to be before liberals strangled it with hyper-regulation and excessive taxation; it is free and open and it works. But not for long if Obama et al. have their way:

Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on Friday raised the first of many criticisms to come about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s aggressive net neutrality plan distributed to commissioners Thursday, which Pai described as “President Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet.”

Typically of Obamunist “transparency,” the plan “won’t be released to the public until after the commission votes on its implementation later this month.”

Pai warns:

“President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works. The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband… These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.”

In his initial cursory overview of the plan, the commissioner said it would hinder broadband investment, slow network speed and expansion, limit outgrowth to rural areas of the country and reduce Internet service provider (ISP) competition.

What would you expect Big Government coercion to do, improve on something that freedom had allowed to grow?

“The plan saddles small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market,” Pai said. “As a result, Americans will have fewer broadband choices. This is no accident. Title II was designed to regulate a monopoly. If we impose that model on a vibrant broadband marketplace, a highly regulated monopoly is what we’ll get.”

Highly regulated monopolies are exactly what a quasi-socialist, crony capitalist regime like ours wants, because they concentrate economic power within the ruling oligarchy. In the 1930s, this economic system was known as “corporatism.” It was also known as “fascism” — but not anymore, now that fascism has been redefined to mean “anything liberal fascists don’t like.”

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On tips from Petterssonp, Stormfax, J, Tchhht!!!, and TorcerT. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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