What was the original purpose of the Federal Communications Commission? Established by Congress via the Communications Act of 1934. The act replaced the Federal Radio Commission with the Federal Communications Commission.
For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, a rapid, efficient, Nationwide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, for the purpose of the national defense, for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communication, and for the purpose of securing a more effective execution of this policy by centralizing authority heretofore granted by law to several agencies and by granting additional authority with respect to interstate and foreign commerce in wire and radio communication, there is hereby created a commission to be known as the ”Federal Communications Commission,” which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided, and which shall execute and enforce the provisions of this Act.
Think about these words: “to make available…to all the people of the United States…nationwide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges”.
Now, let’s break it down to three of those words: “to make available”.
What is the proper role of government – to guarantee freedom or to limit it? Consider, again, the preamble to our Constitution.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
When powerful lobbyists like Google and Skype muscle in, bribing (legally with campaign contributions) lawmakers to craft legislation that gives these behemoth software companies special dispensation to overwhelm privately-owned wireless internet service providers, something that will dramatically increase operating costs, leading to increases in end-user fees, how does that serve the cause of making the internet available to consumers at “reasonable charges”?
On one hand, it sounds noble. Don’t the words just excite you: “net neutrality”? Like all of President Obama’s agenda (ObamaCare, etc.), you can be sure of two certain outcomes: increase in taxes and decrease in personal liberty.
I encourage you to oppose Net Neutrality proposed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. Contact your congressional delegation.Find your U.S. Representative https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml Find your U.S. Senators http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance. – Thomas Jefferson