Sohn: Net Neutrality Regs Are the “Most Progressive Communications Policies in History”

by Mike Wendy on October 20, 2017

In remarking on Julius Genachowski’s Net Neutrality Order in 2011, then Public Knowledge’s Gigi Sohn exclaimed, “The commission is in no way regulating the Internet. It was merely attempting to return to a modest level of traditional authority needed to safeguard the rights of Internet users.” (Emphasis added)

Former FCC official, Gigi Sohn: Oh, I was only kidding about this traditional stuff. Net Neutrality is really a progressive policy designed to limit your voice and power. My bad.

But, it was all a bunch of bunk, hoodwinking us into believing that what the FCC was doing with its specious Net Neutrality policy was “good, necessary and fair” – and most certainly not a confidence job designed to subsidize Silicon Valley, while also imposing speech-killing, “media reform” policies that ration out proper, progressive “digital broccoli” so Americans can “better” self-govern.

Why let the truth get in the way of a “good” policy, right?

Anyway, earlier this week, in a piece entitled, “Fighting for Fast, Fair and Open Networks,” former FCC bureaucrat Sohn exposed her Net Neutrality prevarication, openly bereaving, “In just a few months, I went from helping to shape, adopt, and expand some of the most progressive communications policies in history to having to defend them.” (Emphasis added)

Get that? Net Neutrality regulations = “the most progressive communications policies in history.”

Subsidies come and go. So do abusive companies. “Progressive policies” – which, in the communications context, are meant to control content and speech – are a little harder to excise.  Yes, the Communications Act of 1934 is filled with them, and that’s exactly the problem. For a “media reformer” like Sohn, “progressive as traditional” poses no cognitive dissonance. The ’34 Act’s “public interest” standard – grafted from 19th Century railroad law – is like a Rorschach blotter upon which its purveyors see (and then impose through law) anything they want.  It’s main goal, however, is to control speech on our communications networks. Consequently, the “most progressive communications policies in history” translates (in all languages) to the most censorious, anti-free speech policies ever.  That’s what Sohn and her authoritarian “reformers” pushed for and got.

Hooray for “we know it when we see it free speech policy”!


Let’s hope Sohn remains on the defensive for a long, long time – the FCC, Congress and the Supreme Court would do well to keep her “media reform” agenda well away from the traditional authority of the First Amendment.

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