Net Neutrality Pinky Promise

by Mike Wendy on December 19, 2018

A year has passed since the FCC repealed Title II Net Neutrality and let Internet freedom ring…again. The result – broadband networks are even faster, better and growing; and people are getting more for their broadband dollar. You wouldn’t know that from the Net Neut crowd – a group so dark with despair at this wonderful world that when presented with a glass that’s 90% (or more) full, they can only see it as empty. Or less.

Oh, well. Too bad for them. I’m thirsty. Let’s drink.

When Obama’s Title II Net Neutrality law was passed along “progressive” party lines in 2015, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told us that his FCC would play nice and “forbear from sections of Title II that pose a meaningful threat to network investment…[and that] means no rate regulation…”

Until it doesn’t, that is.

FCC Net Neutrality architect, Gigi Sohn: Heck, the rule was always about rate regulation, etc.

Last week, a key FCC architect in the Net Neutrality power grab – Gigi Sohn – let slip the obvious, writing:

“So when your broadband provider decides one day to triple the price for your broadband service, who are you going to call?”

Really, that’s going to happen?  OK, sure.  Anyway, as Sohn implies, when it does (for it is an empty-glass certainty), if the Obama / Hillary / Bernie (or the like) FCC were in charge, you’d call the Commission to, er, regulate rates, stopping the greedy ISPs in their tracks.

But, didn’t Tom Wheeler pinky promise that the agency would never do that, among other awful confiscatory actions?


And this is the heart of the evilness of Net Neutrality, or any similar authoritarian regime: It always starts “benign,” and then we see that all the Grubers were just lying in wait, ready for some “crisis” to unleash the rest of their control scheme.  We’re stuck, of course, our heads spinning, rolled by the prevarication that “everything will be better” if we allow do-gooder administrators to do some “good” and impose just “a little” regulation to “protect” us from something that ain’t actually broken.


Hooray for Internet Freedom!  We are better served by letting the marketplace decide our fate than pinky-promising, “all-knowing” regulators. Let’s drink to that!

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