Control of Internet

Preserve Internet Freedom by Opposing Net Neutrality Regulation

In light of the government takeovers of the financial and auto sectors of our economy and the proposed government takeovers of our health care system and energy industry via health care reform and cap-and-trade legislation, what’s next you might ask.

What’s next is a government takeover of the Internet via President Obama’s “net neutrality” regulation policy.

Here’s a 1-minute video clip of President Obama taking a back seat to no one in his commitment to net neutrality:

Here’s a 1-minute video clip of constitutionalist Congressman Ron Paul who opposes net neutrality regulation of the Internet based on his opposition to government regulation and his support for our free market economy:

On October 22, 2009, the FCC voted to launch a formal discussion of proposed “net neutrality” regulations for the Internet. It is expected to issue a final rule sometime in early 2010. Although it is not clear whether congressional legislation would be required to enable the FCC to regulate the Internet by enforcing its rules on net neutrality, the misleadingly titled “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009” (H.R. 3458) has already been introduced on July 31 to assert the government’s authority to enforce net neutrality on the Internet.

In a surprising move on October 22, Senator John McCain announced the introduction of his new bill, “The Internet Freedom Act of 2009,” which would block the FCC’s net neutrality rules in order to prevent “a government takeover” of the Internet.

Please send an email to your representative and senators in opposition to a government takeover of the Internet via the FCC’s proposed “net neutrality” rules. Let them know that you oppose H.R. 3458, which authorizes the government to regulate the Internet on the basis of net neutrality, and support Senator McCain’s new Senate bill, which would block the FCC’s attempt to regulate the Internet on behalf of net neutrality.

What this issue of net neutrality comes down to is this: Congress is not authorized by the Constitution to regulate the Internet. Furthermore, if we do allow the government to regulate the Internet to enforce net neutrality, you can bet that sooner or later this regulatory power would be extended to regulate the content of Internet communications.

The First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech….”