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The internet is already open.
The internet is already free.

But this is how the left operates. They use the very thing they are trying to kill as their slogan.
The Zionist Union, a left-wing political party in Israel, is viciously anti-zionist.
Anti-Fascist (Antifa) groups in Europe are most definitely fascist. They are the brownshirts of yesteryear.
The Democrats are anything but democratic.
The New Israel Fund is anti-Israel and pro-BDS.

Atlas reader writes, “As an attorney, I’m dumbfounded by the fact that the Federal Administrative Rules are not being followed. Any Agency (FCC) is obligated to publish proposed Rules and hold publicized hearings regarding those Rules where testimony for and against is given and recorded. Yet, we find “secret” rules being adopted without those requirements being fulfilled. Not only the FCC but other agencies as well. Where’s the outrage? It doesn’t take the DOJ to stop this. Any citizen or group can file suit to block this malfeasance. I would but can’t afford the expense. Where’s the conservative groups that constantly whine about this stuff but do nothing about it?”

It’s a banner day for Obama. Internet and bullets (by executive action)

SECRET NEW INTERNET RULES LOOM FOR AMERICANS Feds look to adopt 322 pages of fresh taxes, regulations; FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress (here)


FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For ‘Open Internet’ NPR, February 26, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure “that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet.”

The policy helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.

“Today is a red-letter day,” Wheeler said later.

The dissenting votes came from Michael O’Rielly and Ajut Pai, Republicans who warned that the FCC was overstepping its authority and interfering in commerce to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. They also complained that the measure’s 300-plus pages weren’t publicly released or openly debated.

The new policy would replace a prior version adopted in 2010 — but that was put on hold following a legal challenge by Verizon. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled last year that the FCC did not have sufficient regulatory power over broadband.

After that ruling, the FCC looked at ways to reclassify broadband to gain broader regulatory powers. It will now treat Internet service providers as carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which regulates services as public utilities.

Update at 1:22 p.m. ET: Rules Will Apply To Mobile

“The landmark open Internet protections that we adopted today,” Wheeler says, should reassure consumers, businesses and investors.

Speaking at a news conference after the vote, Wheeler says the new policy will “ban blocking, ban throttling, and ban paid-prioritization fast lanes,” adding that “for the first time, open Internet rules will be fully applicable to mobile.”

Update at 1 p.m. ET: FCC Adopts Net Neutrality

By a 3-2 vote, the FCC votes to adopt net neutrality rules to “protect the open Internet.”

Update at 12:50 p.m. ET: Wheeler Draws Applause

Chairman Tom Wheeler is speaking, meaning a vote is looming.

“The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, drawing applause and whoops of approval from some of those in attendance.

Update at 12:01 p.m. ET: A Dissenting Vote

Saying the FCC was seizing power in “a radical departure” from its earlier policies. Commissioner Ajut Pai, a Republican, spoke against the proposal. He accused the FCC of “turning its back on Internet freedom.”

Pai said that the commissioners were backing the new measure for only one reason: “because President Obama told us to.”

Seeing the new policy as an attempt to intrude on the Internet, Pai predicted higher costs for consumers and less innovation by businesses.

Update at 11:25 a.m. ET: ‘Open Internet’ Portion Has Begun

After dealing with another issue (of municipalities being able to control broadband service), the FCC has turned to the new proposal.

The FCC has just made history by placing broadband under Title II regulation in an attempt to permanently safeguard net neutrality. The 3-2 vote was the culmination of months of back-and-forth between net neutrality advocates — determined to keep the internet free and open — and ISPs, who have accused the federal government of unjustly overstepping its bounds. As the FCC’s huge moment sinks in, we’ll be collecting responses to today’s vote below and updating as more come in.

And reaction:

AT&T hints at litigation and Congress undoing everything

Instead of a clear set of rules moving forward, with a broad set of agreement behind them, we once again face the uncertainty of litigation, and the very real potential of having to start over – again – in the future.  Partisan decisions taken on 3-2 votes can be undone on similarly partisan 3-2 votes only two years hence.  And FCC decisions made without clear authorization by Congress (and who can honestly argue Congress intended this?) can be undone quickly by Congress or the courts. This may suit partisans who lust for issues of political division, but it isn’t healthy for the Internet ecosystem, for the economy, or for our political system.  And, followed to its logical conclusion, this will do long-term damage to the FCC as well.

For our part, we will continue to seek a consensus solution, and hopefully bipartisan legislation, even if we are the last voice seeking agreement rather than division.  And we will hope that other voices of reason will emerge, voices who recognize that animosity, exaggeration, demonization and fear-mongering are not a basis on which to make wise national policies.

Read AT&T’s full statement

Verizon mocks FCC with typewriter font and warns of internet “throwback Thursday”

Verizon response except

Read Verizon’s full statement


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  • Joe Engineer

    Red letter day, alright, red as in communist. This is the beginning of control and censorship. Why was Congress so wimpy? They just let this go? What’s wrong with our elected representatives? They’re acting for their own interests.

    • BarraCoupDuh

      The problem isn’t Congress, these are elected officials and what they say and do is transparent. What we have in place now is tyranny by self elected government agencies who refuse to answer for anything. Net Neutrality, another coined government term like Truther and Birther, is really about slowing the spread of information. You see whenever something leaks, the government determines what leaked, how far it leaked, how to spin it, and basically how to plug the holes. This is the reason why they run DISQUS and why it’s always taking “longer than usual to load.” This is the reason why every news site has unnecessary videos loading, pop ups, pop overs, video ads, and automatic page refreshes. Yes the government runs DISQUS and has the vast majority of comments on every site. Around the time they did away with down voting, same week Sarah Palin spoke at CPAC 2014 and launched her new show, the government added to DISQUS the phrase “1 other person is typing…” instead of the “PSYOPS team 232 is spamming… ”

      This Coup taking place is absolutely disgusting. Certain high ranking people in the government, Generally speaking, have decided that since they swore an oath to defend our Constitution from all enemies that they can throw out the entire rule of law because they’ve declared war and in war there are no rules or laws. This same game continues for jamming legislation through whether it’s Net Neutrality, banning AR15 ammo, NDAA, doing anything and whatever they want all while claiming that Obama’s doing it.

      Since the last 4 or 5 false flags have been exported expect one on American soil soon that will likely knock out all communications such as; a new terrorist group named TheThe with new trucks, shiny patent leather outfits and silk flags who hijack all social networking domains so the government is forced to shut down the entire internet. Don’t put anything past these desperate, lawless, self serving hypocrites.

      • Miggy10

        Congress can still be blamed. They are the ultimate check and balance. The Republicans hold both houses and control the money. The problem? They would have to shut down the government. In and of itself, it’s not such a bad thing, however, many Republicans are simply in office to bring pork to their districts. They are pigs at the trough and do not have the courage to do what’s right.

      • gdecol

        Thank you for your comment.
        I believe it’s time for me to stop using disqus

      • John Gault

        I was awakened by a bad dream this morning with a strong urge to pray.
        Something big is happening very soon. I think a major war or battle. I
        don’t tend to follow people a lot on here but felt lead to last night as
        I felt moved by the ones I followed some how. I’m sending out a prayer
        request to those I’m following because I’m being lead to do so. You know
        I don’t beat people over the head with a bible but it is important that
        you take a moment and indulge me if you can. I know this sounds crazy
        so thanks in advance. I’ll be sending this same post to 15 other people
        today March 12, 2015. Please pray for your family, your nation and the
        world. Thank You. I hope you and your family are having a blessed day!

  • RCCA
    • TotallyDomestic

      Wall street snow job

  • Hugh Lunn

    The Left announced 50 years ago that it would “march through the
    institutions”. They focused, after 1960, on gaining complete control of
    media, entertainment, academia, federal and state bureaucracies,
    foundations and corporate management. They were left a free hand. The
    silly conservative movement decided to focus all it’s energy on creating
    a mythical “free market system”. Bill Ayers moved from bomb throwing on
    the street to control of education through academia and bureaucracy.
    Meanwhile conservatives worried themselves over absurdities like “no new
    taxes” pledges. The rabid Left is attacking and controlling on all
    fronts. The Right is deaming of a fairyland that does not, and will never

    • Indeed!

    • RalphB

      Hugh Lunn writes, “The silly conservative movement decided to focus all it’s energy on creating a mythical ‘free market system'”

      First of all, the free market is no myth; it exists wherever governments have, for one reason or another, not been able to prevent its establishment. In reality the “free market” is a redundancy, since if it’s not free, its not a market, it’s a charade posing as a market where people are NOT free to mutually set the terms of a trade and therefore are not trading, but following orders.

      Second of all, when did conservatives ever try to “create” or restore or protect a free market system? I was a young man in the 1960s and I paid attention. The mainstream conservatives of the Bill Buckley stripe were busy trying to get rid of communists, slow down the anti-segregation movement, censor pornography, slow down the Great Society boondoggle, yes, cut taxes but “save” programs, make the welfare state efficient in place of the leftist bread-and-circuses operation, and from the 70s on resist Roe v. Wade. The conservatives never lifted a finger to roll back the welfare state and restore free markets. It took Ayn Rand and the Objectivists to reinvigorate the libertarian minority among the classical liberal and individualist remnants, as well as among the significant minority of conservatives disaffected with welfare-state conservatism, to make any progress against the progressivist juggernaut.

      Now, with think tanks such at the Cato Institute, a vigorous Web presence, and a great number of separate Tea Party groups — some of which call themselves conservative but never put social conservatism at the top of their agenda — finally attacking the totalitarian left while promoting freedom from regulation (meaning free markets), politicians, particularly Republicans, are starting to resist the welfare-state gospel and make some progress towards liberty. Don’t look at Obama’s hopeless Washington — take a look at what has been happening in State governments, and you’ll be able to drop some of your self-defeating cynicism — or is it worse? — and become part of the solution. Why not work for a pro-freedom statehouse candidate, or become one yourself, or at least find one and send them some money? Or is it easier just to gripe?

    • Michael_Brennick

      Excellent analysis HL. The neutered “conservative movement” has been combating the Left’s offensive against our civil society and culture with the equivalent of a squirt gun.

    • Michael Wallis

      Bill Buckley wrote in an article in Commonweal 1953 (pre National Review) that Big Government would have to be tolerated indefinitely in order to win the Cold War. You’re spot on that there was no meaningful resistance to the Left.

  • A way of shutting up WE THE PEOPLE — and in time for the 2016 National Elections, too.

  • CWS

    And my friends are cheering. Damn is this depressing.

    • Flower

      Many people don’t understand how this takes a huge chunk out of freedom.

      • CWS

        Ain’t that the truth…

  • Ignatz Moniz

    Impeachment,coup, or Bastille day?

    • Sam McGee

      Stock up on popcorn – it’ll make for good TV.

  • sakovkt

    Where’s the conservative groups that constantly whine about this stuff but do nothing about it?” –
    How about Congress?
    Didn’t we just elect a Republican majority Congress?
    Didn’t these Surrender Monkeys promise to be true blue, rule of law, and stop Harry Reid?
    Do they all need “Harry Withdrawal” Therapy?

  • jtangren

    “Yes, Orwell, Orgood, or somebody wrote a book about this, 1983 or some such.” Too bad more Americans aren’t familiar with it!

    • Flower

      Yeah, especially YOU ;-)

  • ALinoge

    These “Orwellian” analogies are being aimed at the wrong entities.

    It’s not “the government” that is aiming to strip you of your freedoms here, it’s the massively powerful corporations that channel internet service who are trying to do so. This is very simple, people.

    You either support allowing those with the most money and influence to grip control over what you can and cannot do or view on the internet … or you support the effort to keep the internet defined as it currently is: The greatest beacon of free expression and interconnection humanity has ever created.

    Advancing technological services similar to internet access have been converted from private industry status into public utility status in the past and guess what? … Our nation didn’t suddenly convert from being a free society into being some socialist dictatorship. The fear-mongering about this issue is a dead horse.

    • RalphB

      Unbelievable that you would trust THIS — Obama’s government — to protect freedoms that your so-called “massively powerful” corporations have protected right from the birth of the Internet because its users have always wanted freedom and it pays to give your customers what they want or they will go to another provider.

      As Ms. Geller says, the Internet is already open and free and it takes a left-wing dupe of shocking proportions to miss the fact that when the totalitarian wannabes — this was Obama’s baby remember — decide to “regulate” something that is already free, it is not more freedom that they have in mind.

      Remember, corporations — the ones that serve their customers well, for example — may have money, but the federal government has virtually unlimited money and doesn’t have to serve anyone but those with political pull. Add to that the fact that corporations don’t have the power of the gun to advance their agendas but governments are nothing other than the power of the gun and you will understand where the problem lies.

      Wake up, ALnoge.

      • ALinoge

        “Power of the gun,” huh? Someone’s been reading too much Ayn Rand.

        Maybe YOU’D better wake up. Because NO company which makes money selling something people can’t live without will hesitate for a moment to leverage that power in the most wicked way it is allowed to by law. And a lot of times, the law doesn’t even matter to them; they’ll do what they want anyway.

        That’s why we have regulations. Capitalism must be tempered by regulation. The United States has worked that way since its inception and will continue to flourish as long as it stays that way.

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