Judges weigh a make-or-break case against heavy Web regulation.
This article was inspired by The Obamanet Overreach by L. Gordon Crovitz published in The Wall Street Journal. Crovitz discusses Obamanet and the somewhat shady efforts by the FCC to put laws in place that would allow the government to control your internet (note: you may need a subscription to the WSJ or to clear your browser cookies to read article).
Obamanet and the Future Of The Internet
Where would we be without free information? Should the government be allowed to control your internet? These are just two questions that we should be asking ourselves. Unfortunately, there’s a chance we could find out the answers very soon. The Obama Administration has pulled some shenanigans by trying to bypass Congress to give bureaucrats power to essentially manage the Internet (called Obamanet). For anyone wondering, Congress is the only body typically allowed to draft new laws (see more about how laws are created).
Crovitz states in the article:
“This month (December) the federal appeals court in Washington heard make-or-break arguments against new regulations micromanaging the Internet. The rules issued earlier this year for the first time gave bureaucrats power to block new Internet products, services, pricing and technologies.”
We have in place the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which is congressional policy to “preserve the vibrant and competitive free market” for the Internet “unfettered by federal or state regulation.” It’s clear that the policy known as Obamanet is trying to change this.
So what should happen, if anything, to the Obama Administration for attempting to get around Congress by “pressuring” the independent Federal Communications Commission? Judges are deciding on the fate of that right now.
This does not bode well with me and, unless you stand to make money from this, I can’t imagine it bodes well with you either.
Do you think the Internet should be regulated by the government? Has the current administration overstepped their bounds? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.