New Net Neutrality Through the Eyes of a Former FCC Chair

net neutrality

I could not have said it better about the new “Net Neutrality” regulations so I will just reblog.

What it was packaged as and what it does are two entirely different things. What we had before the FCC’s ruling WAS Net Neutrality by definition.

What we have now is a govt intrusion… again. I’m sure the NSA will keep its collective fingers out of all regulatory measures, right? They are a highly trustworthy agency after all.

Follow this link to understand the view of the new Net Neutrality from former FCC chair, Michael Powell.


Ross Ulbricht Convicted!

Ross Ulbricht

About a month ago I posted an article about Silk Road owner/operator Ross Ulbricht who went by the name Dread Pirate Roberts.

In a sad turn of events, Ross Ulbricht has been convicted on ALL seven counts levied against him.

“30-year-old Ulbricht was convicted of all seven crimes he was charged with, including narcotics and money laundering conspiracies and a “kingpin” charge usually reserved for mafia dons and drug cartel leaders….”  from Greenberg’s Wired report.

Ulbricht’s legal team said they are filing an appeal.

What this does is makes any and ALL webmasters responsible for the content of their site regardless of who uploads it. To some extent this may may a bit of sense… on the other hand it is impossible to monitor millions of users’ uploads and goings on. Of course, that may be the intent of the govt with their proposed “Net Neutrality” bill.

This case makes me a criminal if anything posted to my site is illegal. Think on that a while.

Mark Cuban on Net Neutrality

Mark Cuban isn’t wrong. The implications of the govt regulating the Internet is highly troubling.

Freely shared and expressed information is what is needed and required by the Constitution.

Businesses have the right to conduct business as they see fit and as consumers allow according to the free and open market.

Private persons and businesses are freely able to enter into contracts and have them binding and legal.

The govt need not have interference with personal dealings of this kind.

FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality…In Favor of Govt Intrusion

The real reason the govt cares about Net Neutrality…

The new regulations could cost customers as much as $15 billion in new federal and state taxes and fees, according to the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI). But proponents argue that federal regulation is needed to prevent large phone and cable companies from running roughshod over consumers.”

Net Neutrality

As if we didn’t have enough of a problem with the NSA and Samsung and the like spying into our personal lives on a daily basis. Now a proposal similar to SOPA and PIPA is breaching its ugly face.

Why would anyone want, desire, or need govt regulation of the internet? Once the govt controls free speech or rather the free exchange of knowledge the game is up. Total control would be just around the corner.

Yes, it all seems doom and gloom, but similar things have occurred in the past and have resulted in mass murder. Most North Koreans have no idea what the outside world is really like. Why? Because their Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un, just as his father, blocks most internet traffic from outside its borders and primarily subjects its “citizens” to govt provided news.

The argument that the govt would regulate the internet ensuring the general public would not be disproportionately targeted in terms of internet speed restrictions is a very thin point in the larger scope.

The govt already regulates the internet. They do it under cover of darkness. The Affordable Care Act website collects, stores, and sells private information to advertisers. This violates HIPPA laws. The “penalty” for not signing up is a “tax” on not having care.

Personally, if I chose not to have care and I got injured and needed medical attention, that is between me and the hospital, not the govt. Hospitals are not govt-run and most are not govt subsidized. So why should the govt get involved? To sell your information and make more revenue off selling information than they ever could in taxes. These monies are also not subject to the same regulations and will not be placed in the same accounts or funds as prescribed by law. This is all off the top.

Rights have now become privilege. Privileges have now become revoked. This is how the govt thinks currently and all in the name of public safety.

The free-market should decide what internet traffic gets what. Companies should make profit where they can and not where they can’t. This applies to people as well. We all can spend where we want and not where we don’t want. Well, unless the ACA remains valid then that right is gone too.

I propose this tax: a stupid tax on all politicians up to 50% of their pay annually because we all know that they will all be stupid at least once severely every year.–finance.html