About a month ago, George Soro’s financially backed plan to see government control of the internet became a reality when the FCC announced its Net Neutrality regulations. These new rules altered the Title II of the Communications Act and created an environment that makes it possible for the government to regulate our computers in the same way it regulates utility and phone companies.
Following this extreme power grab, the free-market advocacy group American Commitment mobilized over 500,000 concerned citizens to send letters to Congress expressing their concerns about the rise of “ObamaNet.” The total number of letters sent was over 1.6 million. Each constituent sent three letters—one to their House representative and one to each Senator.
“I think they’re starting to feel some pressure up on Capitol Hill,” said Phil Kerpen, the president of American Commitment.
Evidence would appear to support Mr. Kerpen’s statement. Last week, G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, became the first Democrat to announce support for Congress to stop the new regulations.
Kerpen went on to say that he wasn’t surprised by the backlash considering the possible consequences of the law, pointing to a Rasmussen poll conducted last year that showed 68% of respondents concerned that FCC regulation of the internet would lead to “content control” and “politicization.”
“We’ve long argued that once you put federal bureaucrats in charge of the economics of the network, it’s only a matter of time before they try to control the content as well,” Kerpen said. “I think it’s a widely held concern.”
I don’t know how widely held it is, but I know that FOX News judicial analyst and constitutional expert, Judge Andrew Napolitano, said almost the exact same thing when the regulations were announced last month.
“If the government regulates the Internet and tells providers how fast they can move information, we will soon see the government regulating the cost of the Internet. We will eventually, just like with broadcast television, see the government regulating the content of the Internet.” (emphasis mine)
Congress hasn’t officially responded to the American Commitment campaign yet, but Kerpen expects that as they move from the oversight phase into more serious legislative action, members will start addressing the letters. Of course, if Congress’ track record on issues like Obamacare, the budget, illegal immigration, and DHS funding are any indication, this means they will do very little, if anything, at all.
More than likely: McConnell and Boehner will talk tough, scream about Obama’s lawless and unconstitutional behavior, and then find a reason to stab the voters who gave them a Republican majority in order to stop Obama in the back. All the while allowing Obama’s tyrannical government to roll on unopposed.
Let your voice be heard! Visit American Commitment to send your letters!