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Devil's Advocate
2009-10-08 22:21:04 UTC
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Phil Kerpen

- FOXNews.com

- October 05, 2009
Obama Wants to Control the Web

Guess who's leading the charge to turn the Internet into one big,
government utility?

If you thought Washington—which already took over banking and autos, and
is fast-tracking attempts to take over health care and energy—would
leave the Internet alone, you were dead wrong. The Internet (perhaps
our greatest free market success story in recent years) is squarely in
the cross-hairs of the administration and it’s not waiting for Congress
to act. The charge is being led by an eager, ideologically committed
White House staffer named Susan Crawford. Officially, she is the Special
Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. Wired Magazine
calls her, “the most powerful geek close to the president.” In recent
weeks, bloggers and online activists have begun calling Crawford the
"Internet Czar." The shoe fits.

As Bill Collier of Freedomist has reported, Crawford has known ties to
ACORN, which is one of the participating organizations of her
"OneWebDay" project. Crawford self-consciously modeled OneWebDay on
Earth Day and the radical environmental agenda that it propelled
forward. As Crawford explained her mission to The Wall Street Journal
in April: “We should do a better job as a nation of making sure fast,
affordable broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity, water, snail mail,
or any other public utility.”

In other words, the agenda of her organization is to transform access to
the Internet into a government entitlement project, with all the
necessary government intrusion and control in order guarantee it to
everyone—in the world. Not surprisingly, listed alongside on the
OneWebDay participating organizations list is a group called Free Press,
which is the biggest advocacy organization pushing the Obama
administration to adopt sweeping regulations of the Internet.

Free Press was founded by Robert McChesney, an avowed Marxist who is
Washington’s leading advocate of so-called network neutrality
regulations who recently argued—on a Web site called
SocialistProject.ca—that this type of Internet regulation is a
prerequisite for a socialist revolution: “Instead of waiting for the
revolution to happen, we learned that unless you make significant
changes in the media, it will be vastly more difficult to have a
revolution.”

Crawford and McChesney apparently have the full support of the Obama
administration and an FCC that is determined to move toward transforming
the Internet into a Washington-controlled utility as quickly as
possible. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius
Genachowski, recently announced his pursuit of precisely the regulations
they want.

The FCC isn’t pursuing this just because of orders coming from Obama’s
Internet Czar. This goes all the way to the top—Obama himself said on
the campaign trail last year: “I will take a back seat to no one in my
commitment to net Neutrality.”

It’s of no apparent concern to Obama, Crawford, and Genachowski that net
neutrality regulations—which would require network operators to treat
every bit of traffic the same way, regardless of whether that makes
sense from an engineering or business standpoint—will result in a
collapse of private investment in Internet infrastructure, because they
regard private investment as unnecessary within their vision of
government ownership and control.

Proponents of net neutrality rely on the scare tactic that big bad cable
and phone companies will block access to Web sites and cause other
mischief unless the benevolent federal government rides to the rescue,
and soon. But they’ve been ringing this alarm for the better part of a
decade and none of the horrors they warn us about have happened. There
is a simple reason—these companies are in an intense competition,
especially in the wireless space, which is as cutthroat as any industry
in America. If one company tried to block access to Web sites or engage
in other mischief, they would lose their customers in droves to the
competition.

Net neutrality regulations would destroy private investment and we would
end up with a government-owned and controlled network. We’ll have
nowhere to go if the government turns out to be not quite as benevolent
as some have hoped. That’s a frightening scenario and we should do
everything we can to stop the net neutrality regulation that would start
us down that path.

Mr. Kerpen is director of policy for Americans for Prosperity. He can be
contacted through PhilKerpen.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
His free two-minute Podcast is available daily.
marika
2009-10-08 22:52:33 UTC
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Post by Devil's Advocate
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czar-acorn/
Phil Kerpen
- FOXNews.com
- October 05, 2009
Obama Wants to Control the Web
Guess who's leading the charge to turn the Internet into one big,
government utility?
this happened a long time ago, somewhere during the Clinton administration.
Why weren't you paying attention
z***@netscape.net
2009-10-09 04:33:40 UTC
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Post by Devil's Advocate
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/10/05/phil-kerpen-obama-internet-
czar-acorn/
Phil Kerpen  
 - FOXNews.com
 - October 05, 2009
Obama Wants to Control the Web
Guess who's leading the charge to turn the Internet into one big,
government utility?
Well, for Washingtoon Stuper Highway idiots, the people who
actually know how computers
and advanced technology works can only advise them, is that since
it is quite obvious that the only
thing you idiots even, know about economics, science, medicine or
engineering is Donald Trump,
please seek employment at the corner of 5th Avenue and Marco Polo,
Post by Devil's Advocate
If you thought Washington—which already took over banking and autos, and
is fast-tracking attempts to take over health care and energy—would
leave the Internet alone, you were dead wrong.  The Internet (perhaps
our greatest free market success story in recent years) is squarely in
the cross-hairs of the administration and it’s not waiting for Congress
to act.  The charge is being led by an eager, ideologically committed
White House staffer named Susan Crawford. Officially, she is the Special
Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. Wired Magazine
calls her, “the most powerful geek close to the president.”  In recent
weeks, bloggers and online activists have begun calling Crawford the
"Internet Czar."  The shoe fits.
As Bill Collier of Freedomist has reported, Crawford has known ties to
ACORN, which is one of the participating organizations of her
"OneWebDay" project.  Crawford self-consciously modeled OneWebDay on
Earth Day and the radical environmental agenda that it propelled
forward.  As Crawford explained her mission to The Wall Street Journal
in April: “We should do a better job as a nation of making sure fast,
affordable broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity, water, snail mail,
or any other public utility.”
In other words, the agenda of her organization is to transform access to
the Internet into a government entitlement project, with all the
necessary government intrusion and control in order guarantee it to
everyone—in the world.  Not surprisingly, listed alongside on the
OneWebDay participating organizations list is a group called Free Press,
which is the biggest advocacy organization pushing the Obama
administration to adopt sweeping regulations of the Internet.
Free Press was founded by Robert McChesney, an avowed Marxist who is
Washington’s leading advocate of so-called network neutrality
regulations who recently argued—on a Web site called
SocialistProject.ca—that this type of Internet regulation is a
prerequisite for a socialist revolution: “Instead of waiting for the
revolution to happen, we learned that unless you make significant
changes in the media, it will be vastly more difficult to have a
revolution.”
Crawford and McChesney apparently have the full support of the Obama
administration and an FCC that is determined to move toward transforming
the Internet into a Washington-controlled utility as quickly as
possible.  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius
Genachowski, recently announced his pursuit of precisely the regulations
they want.
The FCC isn’t pursuing this just because of orders coming from Obama’s
Internet Czar.  This goes all the way to the top—Obama himself said on
the campaign trail last year: “I will take a back seat to no one in my
commitment to net Neutrality.”
It’s of no apparent concern to Obama, Crawford, and Genachowski that net
neutrality regulations—which would require network operators to treat
every bit of traffic the same way, regardless of whether that makes
sense from an engineering or business standpoint—will result in a
collapse of private investment in Internet infrastructure, because they
regard private investment as unnecessary within their vision of
government ownership and control.
Proponents of net neutrality rely on the scare tactic that big bad cable
and phone companies will block access to Web sites and cause other
mischief unless the benevolent federal government rides to the rescue,
and soon.  But they’ve been ringing this alarm for the better part of a
decade and none of the horrors they warn us about have happened.  There
is a simple reason—these companies are in an intense competition,
especially in the wireless space, which is as cutthroat as any industry
in America.  If one company tried to block access to Web sites or engage
in other mischief, they would lose their customers in droves to the
competition.
Net neutrality regulations would destroy private investment and we would
end up with a government-owned and controlled network. We’ll have
nowhere to go if the government turns out to be not quite as benevolent
as some have hoped. That’s a frightening scenario and we should do
everything we can to stop the net neutrality regulation that would start
us down that path.
Mr. Kerpen is director of policy for Americans for Prosperity. He can be
contacted through PhilKerpen.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.  
His free two-minute Podcast is available daily.
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