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‘The Madness’ is That Those Who Argue in Favor of Net Neutrality Are Arguing Against Their Own Best Interests, says AMAC

net neutrality internet regulationWASHINGTON, DC – Eighty-seven percent of the U.S. population regularly use the Internet to stay in touch with friends and family and to do other activities such as conducting business and shopping online, according to the Pew Research Center.

Pew began keeping track of Internet usage in the year 2000 when the Center reported that nearly half of adult Americans said they were not users.  “In the intervening 17 years the great majority of us got into the habit, including the country’s older citizens,” says senior advocate Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

But, Weber points out, not all the users on the Internet today – particularly elderly users – are particularly savvy about how it works “and many are confused about the brouhaha that’s been stirred up in the wake of the FCC’s decision to put an end to what is known as ‘net neutrality’.  The fact is that it’s much ado about nothing.”

The decision by the Obama administration to begin regulating the Internet was “baffling,” says Weber.  “Why fix something that’s not broken?  The Internet came into existence in 1989 and for more than a quarter of a century it was regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and operated smoothly and without infringing on the rights of those who went online.  But, in 2015 the FCC decided to begin treating the Internet as if it were a telecommunications company subject to government regulation.  They wanted to add another layer of so-called protection, which has proven to be unnecessary and restrictive.”

The Trump administration’s FCC sought to put an end to neutrality because, as Clyde Wayne Crews, Policy director at Competitive Enterprise Institute, put it: “Net neutrality is yet another example of economic regulation that flies in the face of every proper tenet of wealth creation and expansion of consumer welfare.”

Weber believes that the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality will have a beneficial impact on the Internet.  He cites an article recently published on AMAC’s Web site Net Neutrality: A Primer.  The authors explain that:Despite the rhetoric, the FCC’s decision to return to the light-touch regulation of pre-2015 does not pose an existential threat to the Internet.  Ultimately, the net neutrality debate boils down to a discussion about whether existing antitrust law is sufficient to guard against the anticompetitive harm of vertical foreclosure, and if not, whether the FCC’s additional prophylactic rules do more harm than good.”

Those who stand fast to protect the net neutrality rules argue that it will end protections for consumers who use the Internet.  But, the reality is that robust protections remain in place via the Federal Trade Commission.  The fact of the matter is that when the Internet was classified as a common carrier in order to enable net neutrality, it took away the FTC’s ability to protect users from unfair and illegal practices, Weber explains.

“The madness is that pro-neutrality protestors appear to be arguing against their own best interests.  Internet users will continue to have choices.  They will continue to receive full disclosure from their broadband providers as to pricing and priority practices.  And, perhaps most important, they will continue to have access to Netflix, Amazon and to the entire information highway.”

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PaulE

Net Neutrality: Another fiction ginned up by the Obama administration in 2015 to justify broadly expanding the government’s control over a medium that was NOT broken for the sole purpose to controlling content, picking winners and losers depending on how much you donate to the Democrat Party and ultimately limiting access to information that contradicts the progressive narrative that dominates both the print media and TV in this country. Prior to Net Neutrality, the Internet was already governed by guidelines established and enforced by the FTC prior to the Obama administration’s Net Neutrality power grab. So the portrayal by the left that the Internet was some completely unregulated and thus lawless medium in desperate need of being turned into a utility under the control of Democrats was fiction, as most of the left shovels at the public 24×7. When issues arose that violated FTC guidelines and rules, they were litigated… Read more »

Dennis THOMAS

This decision was easy for me. Obama was for it, therefore, I’m against it. Nothing this man tried to do was in accordance with the idea of limited government, individual freedom, free market capitalism or traditional values. The three GOP members on the FCC made the right decision to kill Net Neutrality.

Rik

As PaulE states and I agree with his analysis 100%!!! … The Federal Government, especially under the Democrats, wants to decide who succeeds by their participation through bribery to the Democratic Party. Government, especially run by Democrats, doesn’t want the general populace to realize they don’t need the intrusion of Big Government into how the live their daily lives! The Federal Government in America was NOT TO BE THE DECIDING FACTOR UNLESS AS A MEDIATOR, We the People were GUARANTEED INDEPENDENCE by our country’s forefathers when this country was formed. It was called the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, where We the People get to decide for ourselves by our own individual talents and skills whether we succeed or not! Government was there to protect the interests of the People and NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! … When the Ruling Class of today’s America, the “profession of reasonable doubters”, the… Read more »

Gary Kleiman

I have always been a supporter of the idea that, “If it ain’t broke…Don’t fix it.”
The internet was never broke but the Obama administration decided that they had to fix it so they passed more bureaucratic regulation because the Democraps believe the government needs to control every aspect of our lives.

Trump has done an awesome job of honoring his campaign promises or at least trying to if the Jackass party will let him.

Woody

PaulE fairly well nailed it with his comments. I agree with him totally that it’s sole purpose was to give the democrats more control over the lives and freedoms of Americans.

BobA

One more decision by President Trump to take control of our lives away from the government. I’m all for it. If some of our elected officials (Republican) would work with him instead of constantly being a roadblock he could get on with what we elected him to do.

Paul B

Nine most feared words in the English language, “I’m from the government and here to help you”! So-called “net neutrality” definitely fits the bill, a “solution” in search of a problem.

Pop.

Very little the Government is involved in is “GOOD FOR YOU”. if government sticks their ugly hand in it must mean T A X E S. It (government) doesn’t do anything for FREE. I personally do not see anything accomplished by the Oldbutthead administration that does anything for or against the internet, but I repeat the “G” man doesn’t take a hand for free. Any regulation or control is meant to have a positive revenue effect for the Governent.

Jim Darnall

It’s obvious most people do not understand the real meaning of net neutrality. My guess is most believe it means freedom from government control. Wrong!

KevinE

I totally agree with all the responses below. Thank you for your wisdom and insite. When Big Brother gets involved in anything it is only there to benefit itself. It screws the people whom work hard their entire lives to try and make life better for themselves, and also the next generation so they (politicians) can get fat and sassy off their laborers. How we make so many multi-millionaires with an annual salary of $174,000 is beyond me.

Aardvark

Here is all you need to know about “Net Neutrality”: Google execs wrote it and Obama admin. enacted it.

Lynn Fougner

The less government intervention, the better! This country was founded on free enterprise but we are now a socialistic country!

Merlin Wood

everything obama did was to destroy America. if we want to survive everything obama did must be erased.

Double Eagle

Got to agree. Much ado about nothing. Why did Obama change the policy for net neutrality? I have not seen a difference in the past three years. Another stupid Obama regulation!

Aardvark

Repost of reply to PaulE:
Exactly right PaulE. This Obama power grab is right in line with previous attempts to enact the “Fairness Doctrine” which would have silenced one of the only conservative information and news outlets that remains; talk radio.

Lynn Fpugner

The less government intervention into our lives, the better! Free enterprise is slowly eroding from America.

The+ugly+truth

Net Neutrality, another beneficial sounding but opposite meaning law, instituted by meretricious socialist Democrats.

Frank Posey

For several years the internet worked great until Google started to control everything, now if it is not done the way Google wants it than it will not be done. We had a simple Desktop with Identifying items to hit and go to where u wished to go. Than here came some Androids and etc, etcs that u had to use. Freedom rang before and should be ringing again, let the people do the people’s business and desires without some OVERSIZED CORPORATION trying to tell everyone how to do it their way. We still have small thinkers in this Great Ole United States of America. Thank you for letting me let off steam.

Dr. Anthony

Barry Soetoro, better known a Barrack Obama was “placed” in the white house to do the work of his masters, the Bolshevik party ( Democrats) he was their selected puppet to destroy this country. He was never the president of this country ( born in Kenya) and he hated this nation. This Net Neutrality was just another in a series to get Government control of our lives.
He is a total Reprobate, who represents his evil masters , he is too obtuse to think, he just followed orders.

Hugh

The Democrat Party and the liberal media has been raising a stink since President Trump’s victory over their Socialist Princess Hillary. The main reason is because they perceive, and correctly, that their “Welfare Entitlements Empire” is in danger of being swept away. Without the ability to control our money and reward their constituencies with social welfare programs, what is the Democrat platform? All they stand for is “Vote for Democrats, and we’ll give you stuff.” To further this end they try to portray themselves as defenders of children, people of color, and the working class. But they’re not. They just want to control the money and control our lives. To accomplish their goals they punish achievement and incite class envy and racial animus. And their fantasy world of political correctness is utterly disconnected from actual pragmatic reality. Thank God we have our country back in capable hands.