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Reason ^ | 18 May 2010 | Bradley Smith & Jeff Patch

Posted on 05/21/2010 3:52:58 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi

The Obama administration has announced plans to regulate the Internet through the Federal Communications Commission, extending its authority over broadband providers to police web traffic, enforcing “net neutrality.”

Last week, a congressional hearing exposed an effort to give another agency—the Federal Election Commission—unprecedented power to regulate political speech online. At a House Administration Committee hearing last Tuesday, Patton Boggs attorney William McGinley explained that the sloppy statutory language in the “DISCLOSE Act” would extend the FEC’s control over broadcast communications to all “covered communications,” including the blogosphere.

The DISCLOSE Act’s purpose, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Chris Van Hollen and other “reformers,” is simply to require disclosure of corporate and union political speech after the Supreme Court’s January decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that the government could not ban political expenditures by companies, nonprofit groups, and labor unions.

The bill, however, would radically redefine how the FEC regulates political commentary. A section of the DISCLOSE Act would exempt traditional media outlets from coordination regulations, but the exemption does not include bloggers, only “a communication appearing in a news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine or other periodical publication…”

(Excerpt) Read more at reason.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: censorship; discloseact; internet
This came out of committee last night and is prmised on the floor quickly.

This impacts FR directly.

1 posted on 05/21/2010 3:52:58 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: Erik Latranyi

Just a few days ago a republican legislator in Michigan introduced a bill that would require certification of anyone who wishes to call themselves a journalist.


2 posted on 05/21/2010 3:55:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
Just a few days ago a republican legislator in Michigan introduced a bill that would require certification of anyone who wishes to call themselves a journalist.

The New York Times supports licensing the Second Amendment, did they really think it would be long before they started licensing the First Amendment?

3 posted on 05/21/2010 3:56:29 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Did not a federal court judge ruled that “net nutrality” to be illegal?


4 posted on 05/21/2010 3:58:47 AM PDT by Biggirl (I Have A New Rainbow Bridge Baby, Negritia! =^..^=)
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To: Biggirl

“Did not a federal court judge ruled that “net nutrality” to be illegal?”

They just changed definitions to avoid the SCOTUS. With the same results though.


5 posted on 05/21/2010 4:03:55 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (To argue witha person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead)
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To: mvpel

For the NYT this is a means to eliminate competition.

The Obamao Regime are protofascists, that should be clear to any fair minded person.


6 posted on 05/21/2010 4:04:00 AM PDT by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Scary stuff!
BTTT!


7 posted on 05/21/2010 4:04:20 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Erik Latranyi

Can’t handle truth or criticism so dissent must be SILENCED.


8 posted on 05/21/2010 4:07:42 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Erik Latranyi

How will they regulate content that originates on the internet outside of the USA?
Will they be like the old Soviet Union, and block content from
outside the USA?


9 posted on 05/21/2010 4:13:25 AM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
I wonder when the American people are going to wake up to what is going on in this country and realize that this administration needs to go before the full 4 years. Where are the constitutional lawyers and when are they going to expose this so that a recall or some constitutional method can be imposed to remove this dictator and his henchmen and women?
We are dangerously close to becoming a communist nation. There are countries that are socialist that do not have an administration in which the elites are all wearing jackboots and saying All Hail This bloke in the WH is another Hugo Chavez and following his blue print to the T.
10 posted on 05/21/2010 4:16:38 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: Erik Latranyi
This is one of Schumer's most disgusting attempts at preventing free speech. It ought to be called the STFU Act.


11 posted on 05/21/2010 4:18:50 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: vanilla swirl

A bit like DC keeps changing their gun laws after the Supreme Court ruled the old one illegal. They can pass regulations faster then the Supreme Court can rule on them.


12 posted on 05/21/2010 4:20:52 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Erik Latranyi

I wonder if Canada is ready for the influx of Americans who would be willing to put up with their poor health care system yet would have freedom of speech etc? Canada, Iceland, Ireland, UK get ready your ancestors are coming. And then there will be those who stay and will fight it out..some will go but their observations in print we won’t see.We will no longer be the USA, We won’t even be the CSA. It will be known as the CSSA or MSA . How sad for all and the f*&^$% dimwits who did not do due diligence before voting will bear this mark upon themselves forevermore.


13 posted on 05/21/2010 4:21:08 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: AlexW

Unless there can be a Voice of Europe like Voice of America we will never know..all will be censored..we will not be able to even express our own views to family for fear of being turned in to the Gestapo.


14 posted on 05/21/2010 4:22:24 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: Erik Latranyi
"Silence...I KEEL you!!!!


15 posted on 05/21/2010 4:27:15 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Venturer

“They can pass regulations faster then the Supreme Court can rule on them.”

And that, unfortunately is why they are winning.


16 posted on 05/21/2010 4:29:10 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (To argue witha person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead)
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To: celtic gal

“Unless there can be a Voice of Europe like Voice of America we will never know..”

That can not work. The Obamanation would just pull the plug on your ISP.


17 posted on 05/21/2010 4:30:14 AM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Seems like it would be fairly easy to overwhelm any regulatory efforts on the Internet.

I’ve been surfing for years and only read half of it! :)


18 posted on 05/21/2010 4:32:12 AM PDT by IamConservative (Liberty is all a good man needs to succeed.)
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To: AlexW
The Obamanation would just pull the plug on your ISP.

Do you see the tentacles working their way all over and through the internet?

The FEC can investigate and regulate political websites, the FCC will control the Service Providers, the SEC will check private and corporate investments into websites and from website owners........etc, etc, etc

19 posted on 05/21/2010 4:36:03 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Three words:

Anonymous Proxy Servers.

And remember this too: if the people of Romania were able to throw off the chains of tyranny, we may yet see the day when this illegal 0bamunist regime from the very top where the head of the rotting fish is, to the very bottom where the bureaucratic/Communist bottom feeders reside, ALL reap the benefits of the Nikolai Ceausescu retirement plan.


20 posted on 05/21/2010 5:15:04 AM PDT by mkjessup (0bama squats to pee.)
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To: AlexW

No, you’re thinking about it wrong. Why try to put a radio station on the Internet if that’s what they are controlling. Get yerself a shortwave receiver. The best they can do is try to jam it, but if the transmitter is frequency agile enough, it can be a bit difficult. I believe that Rush already threatened to park a transmitter ship off-shore if they try to shut him down.


21 posted on 05/21/2010 5:16:02 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Biggirl
Did not a federal court judge ruled that “net nutrality” to be illegal?

He said that the FCC does not have the authority to implement it under the current law, but made no ruling whether it would be Constitutional under new laws.

22 posted on 05/21/2010 6:14:02 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (I am so immune to satire that I ate three Irish children after reading Swift's "A Modest Proposal")
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To: celtic gal

They are starting to do so, as each new day comes.


23 posted on 05/21/2010 7:36:25 AM PDT by Biggirl (I Have A New Rainbow Bridge Baby, Negritia! =^..^=)
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