Katie Kieffer

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On Dec. 21, 2010, the FCC essentially declared that the Internet and telephone communications are the same. You know, like how water and beer are both beverages so they clearly are the same?

The FCC took regulatory control over the Internet by passing net neutrality regulations through its “ancillary” authority (authority not directly granted by Congress, but a presumed extension of a different task Congress had assigned to it). Net neutrality allows the FCC to “reclassify” broadband as a “telecommunications service” rather than as an “information service” so that it can more easily regulate it.

The supposedly “independent agency” ushered in nothing more than a power-grab for the Obama Administration when the three Democrat FCC Commissioners outvoted the two Republican Commissioners.

Republican Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker told the Practicing Law Institute that the FCC’s vote was "against the will of the courts, which have told us that we lack authority to act. And Congress, which has asked us bluntly not to act..." CNN reports that Commissioner Robert McDowell concurred: "The FCC is not Congress. We cannot make laws.”

Internet works great free, why control it?

Who ranks “Internet access and security” as their top concern? According to Gallup, pretty much no one. Well, no one besides politicians and agency bureaucrats. After all, the Internet is the hottest vehicle to attract people (voters) and money (campaign funds).

The President maintains that government control over the Internet prevents broadband providers from creating a super-fast service with selective content and pricing low-income people out of premium Internet.

A November 2010 Commerce Department survey revealed that the percentage of households with access to broadband has increased “across nearly all demographics.” The poor do have free Internet access at libraries, but, apparently, the president believes in a Constitutional “right” to the best Internet on one’s own computer.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.