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Stop Obama's FCC Internet Takeover

April 04, 2011 J

On the darkest day of the year, December 21, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a party-line vote to regulate the Internet in the name of network neutrality. Chairman Julius Genachowski, who cast the deciding vote, is a former long-time executive of Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp (one of the leading corporate beneficiaries of the new regulations) and a close friend of President Obama.

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Regulating the Internet under the banner of so-called network neutrality has been a far-left obsession for years. The scare story has always been that if government doesn’t regulate, phone and cable companies will ruin the Internet. It hasn’t happened because of competition. It works. A company that messed with its customers would lose them to a competitor. And competition is only increasing as next-generation wireless becomes an increasingly viable option for home broadband Internet.

But the “problem” the left has been trying to solve is something much bigger than the network-management practices of the phone and cable companies. The left is trying to strike a blow against the free-market system itself, as the leading proponent of these regulations, Robert W. McChesney, founder of the lobbying group Free Press, made clear when he said:

“You will never, ever, in any circumstance, win any struggle at any time. That being said, we have a long way to go. At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

While the FCC is legally an independent agency, under Genachowski it is a clear extension of the White House. President Obama himself said: “I will take a back seat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality,” and the White House has endorsed the FCC’s latest power grab. Genachowski, a Harvard Law School friend of Mr. Obama’s and one of his top fundraisers, is one of the most frequent visitors to the White House.

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