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Commissioner Arjit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission has been sounding the alarm about Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet with a 332 page regulation that will be passed on February 27 unless a large enough outcry from the public prevents it. Pai told Mark Levin on Wednesday, that the document goes well beyond what he ever imagined the administration would propose, amounting to huge increases in internet rates, and government control of nearly every aspect of the internet.
Commissioner Arjit Pai also called on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to release the “secret” proposal to the public prior to the agency voting on it. Mr. Wheeler last week released an outline of strict new federal oversight of the Internet, a plan known to advocates as so-called “net neutrality,” but won’t reveal the text of the plan until the FCC’s meeting on Feb. 26.
“The American people are being misled about President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet,” Mr. Pai said. “Last week’s carefully managed rollout was designed to downplay the plans of a massive intrusion in the Internet economy. I have now read the 332-page plan. It is worse than I had imagined.”
He added, “The claim that President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet does not include rate regulation is flat-out false.”
Mr. Wheeler said the plan will declare broadband a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act, giving the FCC broad new regulatory powers. It’s a more intrusive proposal than Mr. Wheeler originally outlined last year, and it more closely follows guidelines endorsed by Mr. Obama last November.
The FCC is supposed to be an independent organization but according to Pai, Obama has been directing it since the 2012 election.
On Monday, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, asked Mr. Wheeler in a letter to turn over any documents related to communications and meetings involving the White House and agency officials.
Mr. Johnson told the FCC chair that he was concerned there was “apparent pressure exerted on you and your agency by the White House.” The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also is investigating the issue.
Seton Motley, Human Events: Obama’s Internet power grab visual aide hates his Net Neutrality
Now the President wants to do to the Internet what he’s done to health care.
Dramatically increase regulations on private companies – which will demolish the private sector. And steamroll state laws and dramatically increase federal government funding of local government Internet providers – to replace the private sector he demolished.
And the President has picked his government Internet visual aide.
Obama used the the well-wired city of Cedar Falls, Iowa, which provides broadband access that’s almost 100 times faster than the national average, as an example for the rest of the country.
(The President said) “If you live, or have a business in Cedar Falls, you can get a ‘gig’ … for less than many Americans pay for premium cable.”
(Cedar Falls’) 1 gig service…costs more than the most expensive programming packages offered by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DIRECTV, and DISH Network….