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Biden’s War Against the Internet

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024
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It’s a miracle of private sector innovation and the magic of the free enterprise system that technologies that were only the playthings of the super-rich a generation ago are now available and affordable to almost all Americans. 

Back in 2000, only half of Americans had internet access. Now it’s 92%. Today, nearly 19 out of 20 adults have access to the internet on their smartphones. Does this sound like a market that needs assistance from the government? 

If you answered yes, you also probably believe that Al Gore invented the internet.

Government’s main role was to simply stay out of the way. As explained by former Rep. Chris Cox (R-Calif.), who wrote the first bipartisan internet access law in the 1990s: “We achieved this rapid deployment by keeping internet regulation free and lawsuit free.” Then-President Bill Clinton deserves credit too by keeping government hands off the internet.

But now the Biden administration – which never saw an industry it didn’t want to regulate and control – has deputized the Federal Communications Commission to police the internet. They are doing so under the guise of “preventing digital discrimination.” 

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill appropriated $65 billion to help expand access to high-speed internet – even though nearly everyone already has it. Worse yet, he is playing the race card, and the new law empowers the FCC to effectively establish internet “equal access.” The FCC lawyers then chose a standard known as “disparate impact,” which means if they can find a minority neighborhood somewhere at any time that lacks the same internet access as a high-income area, they can slap the telecom companies with a lawsuit. You can almost hear the trial lawyers drooling.

Plaintiffs don’t even have to prove any intent to discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity. These threats of lawsuits will inhibit – not spread – internet access. 

If a telecom provider offers a new service, but not enough members of a protected group sign up, the FCC could impose a multimillion-dollar fine and require the company to fix the inequities. This is a backdoor way of creating internet access racial quotas. 

Here’s the problem. The FCC openly admits in its 235-page filing released in November that they could find “little or no evidence” of “intentional discrimination by industry participants.” And they found no evidence that discrimination “contributes to disparities in access to broadband internet service across the Nation.”

This would be like suing appliance or music stores for not selling enough blacks and Hispanics enough TVs or albums. 

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr warns that Biden’s FCC has been given the authority to second-guess every aspect of an internet service provider’s operations, from network maintenance and installation to everyday business operations such as pricing and marketing. In other words, Carr believes the Democrats’ strategy is to turn the internet into a regulated utility to oversee “access, content and pricing.” This will work about as well as airline regulations in the 1970s and health care regulations in the 2000s – which only made these services more expensive and limited access. 

Don’t be surprised if some of the telecom companies that have played a key role in bringing the internet into our homes and offices decide it’s not worth the threat of lawsuits and opt to pull out of internet services. If that happens, the poor and minorities really will suffer a “disparate impact.” 

Stephen Moore is a co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity. He is an economist with FreedomWorks and is serving as an economic advisor to the Trump campaign.

Reprinted with Permission from CFIF.org – By Stephen Moore

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David Millikan
David Millikan
14 days ago

When have the democrats not played the race card in the past 32 years? They always play the race card to intimidate Americans so they can con you and get their way and turn everyone against each other. democrats are the Racist party. Remember they started the Civil War and created the KKK (FACT). Every time they get caught at something they cry the race card or to ram unconstitutional laws down our throats.
You forgot in article that Al (Damien) Gore claimed he invented Blue Jeans too.

John Beach
John Beach
14 days ago

I had a problem understanding the saying, “They want to have their cake and eat it, too.” Or, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” What would be the point of having the cake if you couldn’t eat it? The problem with the internet, or digital communications, is what they enable that necessitates security measures to detect and prevent (cyber security) what is being allowed. How many people would object if the public policy for everything were, “it is “one world under God,” whatever happens He has allowed it and it’s His problem to fix.” You take the risk and it’s your choice. Following liberal logic, we could abort the whole thing so we don’t have to protect it. That would be the easiest thing to do. Communication, after all, is not the path of least resistance. “Speech is the gift of all but the thought of few” would tend to indicate that it is something that, likely, ought to be regulated, or, at least, inform the thought of few.

Arthur Pavis
Arthur Pavis
14 days ago

Only the most corrupt, deranged and dishonest executive branch that this country has ever known would put $65 Billion taxpayer dollars, that we don’t really have, to “fix” something that isn’t broken. And where will all this money go? Why to leftist corporations who are big donors to the Democrat Party. See how this works? The federal government has no business in our business, but here’s another of the many examples of that.

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Steveie mo
14 days ago

Stephen Moore is as slow as his internet speeds lol

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