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Julius Caesar of the Internet
Wall St. Journal ^ | May 08th 2010

Posted on 05/08/2010 10:34:28 PM PDT by Steelfish

Julius Caesar of the Internet The FCC puts another industry under political control.

A federal appeals court ruled last month that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to regulate the Internet. No worries, mate. This week the Obama Administration chose to "reclassify" the Internet so it can regulate the Web anyway. This crowd is nothing if not legally creative.

For the past decade, broadband has been classified as an "information service" and thus more lightly regulated than traditional telephone services. This has led to an explosion of new investment and Web innovation, but it hasn't sat well with Democrats who want more control over the telecom business, as well as with some Web companies (Google) that want more leverage over Internet service providers like Time Warner or Verizon.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski did their dirty work this week by announcing that he plans to reclassify broadband lines so his agency can regulate them under rules that were written for Ma Bell in the 1930s. This means subjecting the Internet to new political supervision—from the federal government and 50 state public utility commissions. The goal is to put one more industry under Washington's political thumb.

Even Bill Clinton's FCC, under Chairman Bill Kennard, had refused to go this far. "Classifying Internet access as telecommunication services could have significant consequences for the global development of the Internet," said Mr. Kennard in a 1998 speech. "We recognized the unique qualities of the Internet, and do not presume that legacy regulatory frameworks are appropriately applied to it."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fcc; internet; obama

1 posted on 05/08/2010 10:34:28 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

When we said “Free Speech”, we didn’t mean for you!


2 posted on 05/08/2010 10:46:01 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Steelfish
“Autos, health care, energy, Wall Street and now telecom. Is there any American industry this Administration doesn't want to run?”

For an administration that isn't qualified to run a copy machine, they do seem to be trying to see how far they can go before armed confrontation breaks out.

Time to slap them down hard before it becomes bloody.

3 posted on 05/08/2010 10:47:24 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: Steelfish

No surprise here.
The Marxist can stay in power only by controlling every aspect
of one’s life.
Control of information and thought is vital to their survival.
The question is, how much can they control it on an international level?
Will we see blocking of all the talkers like Savage and Rush?
This brings my memory of the old Soviet radio jamers.


4 posted on 05/08/2010 10:54:57 PM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Steelfish

Google thinks it can control Obama like German industrialists thought they could control Hitler.


5 posted on 05/08/2010 11:06:09 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Nanny state


6 posted on 05/08/2010 11:18:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: bitterohiogunclinger; Steelfish

This industry is a bit different from all the others.


7 posted on 05/08/2010 11:57:56 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: SpaceBar
Google thinks it can control Obama like German industrialists thought they could control Hitler.

There's a reason Hillary turned towards government rather than corporations in her pursuit of absolute power - she looked at the historical bottom line, which has always been "you and what army?"

Google-type liberal sellouts can always be bought off for cash and elitism. "Peace, love, diversity, progressive..." - yeah, yeah, here's a billion and a 757, go play with yourself.

And they do - gladly.

8 posted on 05/09/2010 12:06:09 AM 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 it's own.)
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To: SpaceBar

Google probably feels that it’s got nothing to lose by cheering Obama on. If the left continues to solidify its power, Google will be their favorite lap dog. If we end up with a free country again in four years, what how can that harm Google ?


9 posted on 05/09/2010 1:07:43 AM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Steelfish

Enjoy internet 2.0. It’ll cost $500/month and all you’ll have is espn, amazon and ebay. Google will fall quickly on their own sword when they find that for their search-engine and ad-services to work, there has to be actual sites to search and pages to put ads on.


10 posted on 05/09/2010 2:58:36 AM PDT by SwedishConservative
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To: SwedishConservative

May be time to seek out the next alternative. This is too important to wait and see what happens. Communication is the life line by which we can voice our opinions, plan protests and seek redress for grievances.

Is the answer something like IM? I don’t know; but we are going to need something if theis goes inchallenged.


11 posted on 05/09/2010 3:09:09 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: SwedishConservative

May be time to seek out the next alternative. This is too important to wait and see what happens. Communication is the life line by which we can voice our opinions, plan protests and seek redress for grievances.

Is the answer something like IM? I don’t know; but we are going to need something if theis goes unchallenged.


12 posted on 05/09/2010 3:09:52 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Steelfish

The FCC is and always was unconstitutional and must be abolished.


13 posted on 05/09/2010 3:33:07 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (NEW TAG ====> **REPEAL OR REBEL!** -- Islam Delenda Est! -- Rumble thee forth)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Now we know why Jim Clyburn’s daughter Mignon got her job with the FCC.


14 posted on 05/09/2010 3:57:40 AM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: Steelfish

Part of the larger plan? Deregulate. Let private industry jump in with cash and service innovation and extend the industry capabilities. Then...REregulate to get the advantage of the investment of money and effort, but still get control.

It’s ALWAYS been about control. It will ALWAYS be about control.

It’s time to take back the country.


15 posted on 05/09/2010 5:10:24 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: Steelfish

For this communist/Marxist regime to succeed, ALL information must be approved and controlled.

Don’t worry, it’s baby steps right now but in the future you will be pleased with the new system that parallels the world that Orwell describes. We will all become Proles and simply and blindly believe everything the government says is truth.


16 posted on 05/09/2010 6:00:28 AM PDT by DH (The government writes no bill that does not line the pockets of special interests.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Steelfish; firebrand; DH
I took this morning's Glenn Beck admonition to reach out to ten people ("who will then reach out to another ten people"). The site I picked for this "reach-out" serves ~30 subscribers in central New Hampshire; however, I have been muzzled by the three administrators there.

(They take turns doing "round-the-clock" surveillance of me, throwing out "unsuitable commentary"—which means, "Conservative commentary").

My user-name Ministry of Truth, you'd recognize from the book 1984

The warning appears here:

http://wolfeboro.forumcab.com/viewtopic.php?p=8998#8998

I don't want the above forum's administrator to close still another forum—which he's done in the past—but my hope is that you can help me "Freep" this forum into allowing free speech.

(Please register and comment to allow the free speech—which is now threatened nationally, according to the above WSJ article).

17 posted on 05/10/2010 9:55:22 AM PDT by Does so (ObamaCare...I pay for medical-marijuana claims by millions of Americans? 'Guess I do now.)
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To: Does so; bitterohiogunclinger; AlexW; SpaceBar; Talisker; haroldeveryman; SwedishConservative; ...

(Pings to post 17).


18 posted on 05/10/2010 10:12:01 AM PDT by Does so (ObamaCare...I pay for medical-marijuana claims by millions of Americans? 'Guess I do now.)
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To: Does so
What little I read on some of the forums I'd say you were polite, intelligent and on top of your facts. In other words, you're wasting you time posting to liberals. Liberals don't like facts that can be checked, they like to make them up as they go. It doesn't help however when there are “politically” slanted “fact checking” sites like snopes. While snopes may be useful in fact checking some things floating around the internet, they are liberally biased when it comes to all things DemonRAT and all things Obama.
Asking a DemonRAT spin meister if something is true or not does not count as “fact checking”.
19 posted on 05/10/2010 11:31:20 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: Steelfish; HiTech RedNeck; DH; Does so; haroldeveryman; PubliusMM; MissEdie; Tzimisce; ...
And now I read in the NYPost this morning that Zero has told a graduating class to avoid the iPad and similar technology. He's telling them there are a lot of crazy stories out there on the Internet, and they are now well equipped to deal with them.

Translation: "We already have the schools and universities under control, but not the Internet. Just listen to your commie teachers and you'll be fine."

20 posted on 05/10/2010 1:08:12 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand
“Just listen to your commie teachers and you'll be fine.”

I think Obama and the Commie Teachers are about to run into the brick wall of reality in the very near future.

Of course it's possible that these “graduates” might enjoy living in mommy and daddy's basement the rest of their lives, but the welfare checks are going to bounce soon, and their prospects of getting a job are not good. Not that they want to WORK for anything, but it might come to that....

21 posted on 05/10/2010 1:27:44 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

They are going full steam ahead to try to win in November. These graduates are 18 or over. A complete propaganda push, with Pelosi instructing the priesthood on the Gospel. The first time she has ever thought about church. The youth vote, the Catholic vote . . . you name it. Leaving no stone unturned. New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts, Utah, and Maine must have them scared ****less.


22 posted on 05/10/2010 1:34:07 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand

“and they are now well equipped to deal with them.”

Doesn’t this mean that Big Brother is watching?


23 posted on 05/10/2010 9:15:58 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: haroldeveryman

No, sorry I wasn’t clear. He told the graduates that the graduates were now well equipped to deal with the bizarre stories on the Internet. I.e., having gone through a four-year commie institution.


24 posted on 05/10/2010 10:27:00 PM PDT by firebrand
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