Federal takeover of the Internet

Get ready for fewer choices, less access, higher cost and more inefficiency with the planned regulation of the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission.  At the link below Ryan McMaken writing at the Mises Institute explains how another government scheme is in place to “fix a problem that doesn’t exist”: access to the Web.  We don’t know of any problems with access.

In fact, during the past twenty years Internet access has become “more widespread” and service is “far faster,” writes Mr. McMaken. I would add that the service is also better and affordable to virtually anyone—without interference from the government. Actually, this is another scam in the recent accelerated march of statists to increase government control of our lives.

Typically, statists want federal bureaucrats to allocate access “neutrally”—presumably to support their social justice world view that the market and our freedom to choose might someday, somehow not be fair, as they always wrongly predict.

McMaken reminds us that there is no such thing as “neutral (fair) allocation of resources.” The market place will respond to consumer wants, but government will pick political winners and losers working against consumers.

The FCC is a political animal. In its current makeup it shows hostility, or at least disregard, for the public: we the people. The FCC proposal being considered is a secretive document.

Further, how can a half-dozen bureaucrats have any knowledge of what millions of Internet users want and how they should get it? We want choices in competitively unregulated markets; they want power over us.




About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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