Senator Blasts Net Neutrality as the Creation of a ‘Department of the Internet’

Erica Ritz
The Blaze

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse says the term “net neutrality” is misleading, and what the Obama administration’s proposal would really do is create a “department of the Internet.”

“This is like the Fairness Doctrine for the Internet, where the government will decide what is neutral,” Sasse said on Glenn Beck’s radio program Monday. “We’ve never had this in the past on the Internet, and it is a dangerous place.”…

…“This is a government bureaucracy in search of being an Orwellian solution for problems that don’t exist,” Sasse responded. “The Federal Trade Commission already has laws that would prohibit the things they say they’re trying to guard against. Contact your congressman and senators and tell them that if there’s a debate that should be had about the governance of the Internet, it should be had in the legislature, not in unaccountable … permanent bureaucracies.”…



The entire article, with video, is at The Blaze.



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…Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 is the rule by which the FCC regulates “public utilities,” such as phone service. It is also the rule under which the FCC claims it has the authority to impose net neutrality rules. However, as one FCC senior official claimed to TheBlaze Wednesday, the specific Title II rules that classify a “public utility,” such as rate approvals, are not among the rules the FCC is using to regulate the Internet…


Update: The Gateway Pundit:
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