Title II Net Neutrality Is an Empty, Damaged, Anti-Free Speech Brand

by Mike Wendy on May 24, 2017

Last week, the FCC voted to move into the formal comment phase of its Restoring Internet Freedom proposal, which seeks to alter / overturn the previous Commission’s specious Open Internet / Title II / Net Neutrality rules imposed on ISPs. At the same time as the vote was occurring, professional protesters filled the vacant lot next to the FCC to demonstrate about the “end of the Internet as we know it,” which they believe will somehow result should the new FCC pass its proposal.

Former FCC Commissioner turned Soros lobbyist, Michael Copps, urging the professional protesters to stay strong for Net Neutrality, last week at the FCC.

In the picture above you may notice a number of empty file boxes stacked up in a pyramid to the speaker’s right.  For the protesters, they represent “votes,” comments and petitions, which supposedly show just how popular and important utility regulation of the Internet is to “real people.”

A who’s-who of Soros-paid groups, all seeking “media reform” (a.k.a., content control) of the U.S. communications landscape.

Of course, they’re more than that, too.  They reveal the organization behind the show’s curtain.  That is, Soros and his “media reform” agenda.  If you look closely, the boxes with all their logos show a who’s-who of Soros grantees who take his money and then professionally protest for “fairness,” “free speech,” “diversity,” etc., etc., etc.

Most all of those people in the picture are in attendance on Soros’ dime. They’re real professionals, not “real people.”

Atop the pyramid of boxes is the activist front-group, Free Press – one of the main organizers of the FCC event. It’s potentially the biggest loser in the new rule proposed by the FCC. You see, the group – along with the White House and Google – practically wrote the Open Internet Order.

They’re there for a reason; they are the embodiment of the “media reform” movement – one which seeks to use government-imposed mandates like Title II Net Neutrality to limit and control “undesirable” speech.

The group’s founder and former leadership says that that agenda looks like this (Spoiler alert: They favor broad censorship of free speech for the “greater good”).

When FCC Chairman Ajit Pai first introduced the agency’s Restoring Internet Freedom proposal last month, he went out of his way to point this agenda out, giving a special shout-out to Free Press, exclaiming:

Consider, for example, the leading special interest in favor of Title II: a spectacularly misnamed Beltway lobbying group called Free Press. Its co- founder and current board member makes no effort to hide the group’s true agenda. While he says “we’re not at th[e] point yet” where we can “completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies,” he admits that “the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” And who would assume control of the Internet? The government, of course. The overall goal is to “remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”

And what would the government do once it is in control? Certainly not protect free speech as we know it here in the United States. For example, he has said that “[w]e need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimize it, and perhaps even eliminate it.” And this “Free Press” founder takes his inspiration from Venezuela. No, really! Back in 2007, he said that “aggressive unqualified political dissent is alive and well in the Venezuelan mainstream media, in a manner few other democratic nations have ever known, including our own.” And he and another co-founder of this special interest argued during the Obama Administration that “[o]nly government can implement policies and subsidies to provide an institutional framework for quality journalism.”

To be sure, it is tempting to dismiss these statements as isolated rants. But unfortunately, it is all too typical of a larger movement in our country today that is fundamentally hostile to free speech. We see it in efforts to banish those who express unpopular views online. We see it when speakers are barred from college campuses, violently of late. We see it when university bureaucrats use Orwellian phrases like wanting “to continue empowering a culture of controversy prevention.” And we see it when members of the Federal Election Commission seek to restrict political speech and regulate online platforms like the Drudge Report.

And where do the people who are driving this closing of the American mind stand on greater government regulation of the Internet? They don’t just favor it; they strongly demand it. They raise money off of it. And we are somehow supposed to believe that their true motive is to protect free speech on the Internet? Please.

Free Press is not an outlier.  It is the poster child for Left’s “normal.” It is its “free speech” brand.

Think about that for a moment.  Its brand is built on limiting “unapproved” voice, hoping to box it up and lock it in some dark closet so that “progress” may continue unfettered by dissenting points of view.  That sounds like something which was done in the Cold War, behind the Iron Curtain. And the Left wants that here, now.

That ain’t right, man.

“Media reform” represents enslavement of individual expression and free thought to the government-controlled “collective.” We must not abide George Soros’ hostile takeover of free speech. That agenda stands against all Americans. It deserves full-throated rejection.

Repealing the Open Internet / Net Neutrality Order via the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom proposal would be an important first step toward tearing down that pyramid of empty boxes.

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