Protect Internet Freedom

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SHOOTER13, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

    Dear Friends,

    It's about to happen again--the Obama Administration is fighting for a government takeover of the Internet and the Federal Communications Commission is going to vote on it February 26th.

    President Obama came out a few weeks ago urging the FCC to vote to regulate the Internet the same way that it regulates public utilities under Title II. What this means is that, for the first time, billions of dollars in fees will be attached to Internet service just like they are to telephone service.

    You see, under Title II if someone wants to own a telephone company, there are fees baked into the law--fees companies pass on to customers.

    Now, under this new regulatory regime, Internet service providers will be subject to these fees as well, and then pass them on to you, the consumer.

    This is essentially a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.

    The Internet is built on speed and dynamism, it’s always changing, there are always new and better ideas that are exploding onto the scene, and part of the reason for that is that innovators are not having to go ask Washington, DC for permission every time they want to do something new.

    What this really comes down to is a fundamental question:
    Who do you want in charge of the direction of the Internet: people at dot-com startups that brought us game changing companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and Uber; or nameless, faceless, unelected bureaucrats in our nation’s capital?
    There is another aspect of this that gets overlooked: the Internet is an incredibly important force for freedom, for liberty, and the rights of free speech that we hold dear. It is an existential threat to tyrants in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia who seek to keep information from their people.

    We must preserve the high ground for the United States to stand up to these countries and tell them to keep the Internet free and preserve free speech on the Internet throughout the world. We cannot do that if we are regulating the Internet in a similar manner ourselves.

    I am not accusing anyone of sinister motives here, but I am deeply concerned about the idea of any government bureaucrat having the power to tell companies what they can and cannot do. In the long term, this could have a chilling effect on political speech, in ways that today we could not even begin to imagine.

    We do not have much time left to stop this gigantic government takeover of the Internet. The FCC is voting on February 26th and the Left is mobilizing to support their effort to do so. We cannot let the conversation be totally one-sided. The FCC needs to hear from us today--not tomorrow or next week or next month. Today.

    Please join me and go sign the petition to keep the Internet free. We must stand for liberty and preserve the Internet free of government interference.

    Thank you for standing for Internet freedom.


    Senator Mike Lee
    © 2015 Protect Internet Freedom
  2. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

    Uh, as a lefty and as a network applications developer I can tell you two things:

    1. The left does not support this insanity.
    2. The regulatory fees affect the poor more than the middle class.
    Mike Lee will do anything for attention. He is a politician. That line about Facebook, Google, etc. tells you loud and clear where he expects his next paycheck to come from. Those are companies that have turned your internet activity into a cash cow, and are happily keeping track of your activities in case the govt wants to pay them to tell what you have been up to.

    My salary is paid 100% by your tax dollars. Than you!

  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

    Obama is the anti-Christ...and is doing everything is his power to ruin this country...

    ...and if you can't see that my're not sir are blind !! :mad:

    ( As a former DoD Cybercrime Response Team member and CERT Admin...I think I know a few things too my friend

    BTW...My salary was paid by your tax dollars it's my annuity check every month !! ) :cool:

    OK then...back to your program already in progress... :rolleyes:

    Please sign the petition...thank you all !!
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015
  4. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

    The anti-Christ?! Well, hard to argue with that.