News Outlet-Cum-Advocacy Group CNET Comes Clean: Net Neutrality Is About Regulating the Internet

by Mike Wendy on December 12, 2017

We’ve been told from its inception that Net Neutrality wasn’t about “regulating the Internet.”  Here’re some choice quotes from an old piece I wrote a couple years back to remind you:

  • [Then] Public Knowledge’s Gigi Sohn: “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. “
  • Free Press’ Derek Turner: “…Contrary to what AT&T says, the FCC is not proposing to regulate the Internet and in fact has specifically disavowed the possibility…”
  • [Then] Representative Ed Markey: “Net neutrality is not about government regulation of the Internet. It’s about fair rules of the road for the companies that now control access.”
  • [Then] Public Knowledge’s Art Brodsky: “…The most fundamental misunderstanding, of course, is that the FCC wants to take over the Internet. It doesn’t. The talking point, while appropriately inflammatory for the target audience, is simply wrong. There is no ‘takeover’ of the Internet. A ‘takeover’ raises the spectre of government control of content, directing which companies, sites and services can operate and which can’t. Nothing like that is even remotely happening, and it is irresponsible to suggest that it is. It’s just the opposite…”
  • Free Press’ Tim Karr: …[Speaker of the House John Boehner] knows full well that real Net Neutrality has nothing to do with a government takeover of the Internet. He’s playing dog-whistle politics and stoking irrational fears of government repression…

Today, Net Neutrality news publication-cum-advocacy group, CNET, put paid to that argument, very simply and concisely noting:

“Fundamentally, this debate is about whether or not the FCC should have the authority to regulate the internet.”

It sure is.  The absence of that destructive power – from 2005 until 2015 – is what made the Internet so great.  Thankfully, as reports have it, the FCC on Thursday will return America to that ’05-’15 framework, which helped the Internet ecosystem deliver so much innovation, prosperity and societal benefit.

The “we would never regulate the Internet” spin noted by the Soros spoxes above was always-ever a prevarication. It had to be, because the truth would never be able to sell their specious, authoritarian polices.

CENT was brave enough to admit this ugly truth.  Now, maybe they could go back and report some real news, and confront those Soros cronies about their purposely misleading statements.

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