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November 30th Could Be the Day the Government Seizes Control of the Internet
Big Government ^ | October 12, 2010 | Seton Motley

Posted on 10/12/2010 3:04:44 PM PDT by La Lydia

November 30th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could potentially engage in one of the largest federal power grabs we have ever seen. After two years of this Presidential Administration and this Congress, that is saying an awful lot about an awful lot. And what’s worse, the FCC would be doing it without Congress weighing in. At the FCC’s November meeting – note the coincidental date of choice, AFTER the impending election – three unelected bureaucrats (of five) could simply vote themselves rulers of 1/6th of our entire economy – the information and technology sector.

Meaning the Internet that you currently enjoy – that has been a marvel of economic and information innovation and success – will be subject to vast new governmental regulations. You didn’t elect these people – but they are on the verge of electing themselves Internet overlords.

The Internet is the future – and increasingly the present – of news and information delivery. With each passing day, we move a little further away from the old media models – print, broadcast and cable television, radio – and towards an all-Web world. Eventually, most or all of the news and information we get – written, and spoken into microphones and cameras – will be on and for the Internet.

And we are on the verge of having this new world – the all-encompassing future of First Amendment free speech in America – swallowed up by three unelected D.C. bureaucrats and their Commission. This is one of the most important battles ever waged in Washington – and precious little is known about it outside the Beltway.

What we are talking about is Internet reclassification. What that means is the FCC – which by its own admission doesn’t have authority over the Web – would just vote itself said authority. By reclassifying the Internet – so that it would be subject to the same rules as landline telephones.

The FCC has long had tremendous power over landline telephones, which is why there has been so much incredible innovation with them these last 70+ years. (Note: tremendous sarcasm here.) The FCC has no power over the Internet because the FCC doesn’t have power over anything until Congress writes a law saying they do. And Congress has never done this for the FCC with the Internet.

It’s not just me saying this. 299 members of Congress have said so – a large bipartisan majority. More than 150 organizations, state legislators and bloggers have said so. So have seventeen minority groups – that are usually almost always in Democrat lockstep...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Government; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: bho44; brownshirts; fcc; fr; freedomofspeech; fufcc; internet; liberalfascism; liberalnazis; liberalsareevil; tyranny; www
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1 posted on 10/12/2010 3:04:46 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Creepy if true. I hope such a thing doesn’t happen, but with this government, who knows?


2 posted on 10/12/2010 3:07:47 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (A liberal is one who has both feet firmly planted in the air -----Anonymous)
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To: La Lydia

Democrats
Communists
‘Progressives’
Socialists

TYRANTS


3 posted on 10/12/2010 3:09:57 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: La Lydia

I’ve been dreading something like this since Obama took office and it looks like it’s coming soon. I hope that this can be tied up in court and eventually adjudicated and found unconstitutional. The FCC ‘decreeing’ their agency as having authority over the internet is typical of leftist’s arrogance but it has to be stopped. This will be another reason to vote Republican on November 2nd.


4 posted on 10/12/2010 3:12:54 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Cautious optimist)
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To: combat_boots

Ping for later


5 posted on 10/12/2010 3:14:59 PM PDT by Salamander (I can't sleep......the clowns will eat me.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

More gubmint tyranny..


6 posted on 10/12/2010 3:17:02 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: Jim Scott

the FCC shouldn’t exist beyond facilitiating spectrum sales.


7 posted on 10/12/2010 3:18:20 PM PDT by utherdoul
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To: La Lydia

It will be the last mistake this government will ever make.


8 posted on 10/12/2010 3:21:17 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: La Lydia

More Marxism coming down the pike....


9 posted on 10/12/2010 3:24:18 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: La Lydia
where...

Where will we draw the line?

When will we say enough??

What will finally provoke spontaneous direction action???

10 posted on 10/12/2010 3:27:09 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: La Lydia

It is not out of the question for the FCC to try for regulatory despotism, but it’s not 2008. Even the jaded of the Dobombocrats who will be running in 2012 have a vested interest in not rocking that boat. For one, enforcement of their regulations would logistically problematic and lead to widespread rebellion among their own base as well as massive international confusion. Heck, DHS can’t even keep up with their first year schedule on Obamacare. I can just as easily see a veto proof law from congress removing significant regulatory power from the FCC in retaliation. This November election is about more than just the number of seats won it’s about a huge political mandate by the people.


11 posted on 10/12/2010 3:28:18 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Creepy if true. I hope such a thing doesn’t happen, but with this government, who knows?

Oh, it can happen alright. The government has already done it with computer keyboards.

12 posted on 10/12/2010 3:30:02 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: DarthVader
"It will be the last mistake this government will ever make."

You got that right. So far, their bullsnot has been benign enough that we've been willing to wait for election day to straighten it out. If they ever make it clear that our votes can no longer deal with their tyranny, God help 'em. Or not... makes little difference.

Hey FCC, can you say "last straw?" I knew you could.

;^\

13 posted on 10/12/2010 3:35:33 PM PDT by Gargantua (Palin-Bachman 2012... just call it "Pa-Bach" :-)
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To: Chode

I think any such attempt would provoke spontaneous COMBUSTION on the part of the American people.


14 posted on 10/12/2010 3:36:55 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

I agree!


15 posted on 10/12/2010 3:43:41 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: La Lydia

“... a large bipartisan majority.”

Any conservatives in that rotten group? Who?


16 posted on 10/12/2010 3:45:20 PM PDT by jessduntno (9/24/10, FBI raids home of appropriately named AAAN leader Hatem Abudayyeh, a friend of Obama.)
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To: La Lydia

They won’t be able to hold onto it for long if they try.


17 posted on 10/12/2010 3:51:17 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

After a group of hackers crash the entire FCC’c computer network for the 8th or 9th time they will run away like the beated dogs they are!


18 posted on 10/12/2010 3:55:08 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: La Lydia

This is troublesome and even tyrannical, but it is difficult to call unconstitutional. The FCC doesn’t make rules without the authority of Congress: they propose, and Congress adopts these proposals into law.

Further, the telephone system and the internet are things that cross state lines, making them pretty clearly interstate commerce. Congress can regulate them.

The real problem is Congress’ delegation of their authority to unelected and pretty much unaccountable party hacks. The next Congress should adopt a rule making it out of order to adopt the findings of a commission into a law, or to present the work of any outside group as a bill.

I mean, honestly: did Congress really write either TARP or ObamaCare?


19 posted on 10/12/2010 4:11:52 PM PDT by mrreaganaut (Coolidge for President!)
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To: WellyP

Why the hate for the FCC, the hackers should be equal opportunity hackers. Lets see.... how bout the EPA, FDA, FED Reserve, Education administration.. there have to be more, this would be a good example of social justice as well.


20 posted on 10/12/2010 4:20:00 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (stand up for principles and values, reeducate with truth. talk to people)
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To: mrreaganaut

Two thoughts about your comments. This kind of regulatory authority isn’t granted to Congress in the Constitution. What we have currently was invented as a response to technology. Surely the reason the FCC should butt out would fall under both the First and 10th amendments. Parts of the Internet might pertain to interstate commerce, but a great deal of it deals with private exchanges of information between private citizens, and the kind of communication that, in earlier times, fell under the First Amendment freedom of the press provision written to guarantee that citizens can criticize their government. Congress cannot legislate away free speech and a free press, nor can they delegate such authority (that they don’t have). On the other hand, there might be small satisfaction to be had were the FCC to close down the Democratic Underground; Free Republic, not so much.


21 posted on 10/12/2010 4:38:00 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
i believe you're right...
22 posted on 10/12/2010 5:14:51 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

What difference will in make? after the oeth keapers child confiscation incident obviously anyone who has uttered an honest opinion on the net is already under some sort of scrutiny ...

Words and ideas have more power than weapons...


23 posted on 10/12/2010 5:28:03 PM PDT by Therapsid (Communism has killed 50-60 Million people in only 50 yrs.)
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To: Gargantua

The mood may be benign on the surface but it simmers with rage the likes these turds have never seen. This FCC garbage will only crack the veneer open and this population will explode like Mt. Vesuvius. >:o/


24 posted on 10/12/2010 5:48:51 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: La Lydia; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...

Uh-oh...

PING!


25 posted on 10/13/2010 8:22:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Muslims are not the problem, the rest of the world is! /s)
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To: La Lydia

the stalinists are on the march..


26 posted on 10/13/2010 8:53:27 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: La Lydia

I think a few million Americans could EASILY persuade 6 people of their desire NOT to become intimately acquainted with tar and feathers,...short ropes, tall trees....etc.


27 posted on 10/13/2010 8:59:54 PM PDT by mo
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To: Talisker
The government has already done it with computer keyboards.

Huh?

28 posted on 10/17/2010 5:49:04 AM PDT by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’ll wait that long?


29 posted on 10/19/2010 9:51:37 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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