Video: Open Internet / Net Neutrality Rules Offend the First Amendment, with CBIT’s Fred Campbell

by Mike Wendy on May 19, 2015

CBIT’s Fred Campbell believes the new Open Internet / Net Neutrality rules do not square with the First Amendment. In this video, Fred explains why the rules are infirm and not likely to survive court scrutiny.

Excerpt: The First Amendment problem with reclassifying and treating broadband Internet service providers as common carriers is that the Open Internet rules are an absolute ban on the editorial discretion of ISPs…You can’t exercise editorial discretion as an ISP based on your viewpoint. That’s what the First Amendment is all about. The government can’t get into the head of any mass communications media and try to dictate what they can and cannot allow. Because as soon as that wall starts to break down, the government is really in control of our communications networks.

I agree wholeheartedly. Let’s hope the courts do, too.

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