The FCC Wants Control of Broadband Providers
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “We discussed the Internet being taken over by the FCC. This is attempt number two of the FCC trying to gain control of the levers of Internet power. It’s easy to figure out why they would want to do this. What I don’t understand, or now that I think about this — there’s a story in the Wall Street Journal today. Here’s the headline, “FCC to Propose New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules – Proposal Would Allow Broadband Providers to Give Preferential Treatment to Some Traffic.” This is perplexing and puzzling to me. Why would some company that’s providing Internet access have to be “allowed” to provide preferential or premium services to someone like me maybe?” Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: We discussed the Internet being taken over by the FCC. This is attempt number two of the FCC trying to gain control of the levers of Internet power. It’s easy to figure out why they would want to do this. What I don’t understand, or now that I think about this — there’s a story in the Wall Street Journal today. Here’s the headline, “FCC to Propose New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules – Proposal Would Allow Broadband Providers to Give Preferential Treatment to Some Traffic.” This is perplexing and puzzling to me. Why would some company that’s providing Internet access have to be “allowed” to provide preferential or premium services to someone like me maybe? I’m in business. I use the Internet to upload my digital media files to the web server at MikeChurch.com so that you can listen to them or so you can watch the videos if you’re a Founders Pass member, or the videos that are trailers for my movies, Spirit of ’76 or Road to Independence. We use broadband. We use that all the time. As a matter of fact, I would want to pay for premium access service and to have a faster upload and download speed, especially an upload speed. Why do I have to get the federales to approve this? Why can’t my provider, Charter Communication, why can’t Charter just do it?
When you start exploring these things, folks, it’s just like if we wanted to talk about Cliven Bundy and why the State of Nevada is a quasi-colony today.
I could spend the next hour working our way through how those lands west of the Colorado River or so got locked up and became the dominion of the federales. I can answer that question. I can also tell you why the Territory Clause, Article IV, Section 3 is in the Constitution and what it means. What has happened, though, in the last 120 years, is once the Feds got involved and once they made the decision that they were going to administer for and care for the land and then apportion it out and what have you, all manner of agencies and bureaus and bureaucrats had to then be hired and be staffed. All manner of rules had to be written. What this produces is an assortment of rules and laws that no one can possibly keep track of and can possibly navigate, unless you’re going to hire an attorney to do that that has made that their specialty.
The same thing has happened when it comes to telecommunications and telephone lines. Once the Rural Electrification Act, to throw just one out, and a few other acts that sought to force telephone companies and early providers of electricity to run their lines where it was not profitable for them to run their lines — in other words the government took their companies over and said: We don’t care if you’re in this to make money. Screw you. You will do it the way we say or you’re not going to do it everywhere else. What that did was create artificially redirected resources.
Once the government starts redirecting resources, if you’ve studied Austrian economics and the writings of Mises and Hayek, you know what happens next. That redirection of resources causes another resource to either increase or decrease in value or supply in a manner that it wouldn’t have otherwise done. Then it causes a problem. Then the regulating authority has to come in and go: Hey, wait a minute. We’re gonna have to take that over, too. We can’t have you charging that much for that part. You’re messing our plan up. We had a five-year plan and you guys are screwing it up. Just keep rinsing and repeating. This is where we find ourselves today with telecommunications and telephone lines. Of course, now a lot of this stuff is now satellite-based. You probably already know how the satellites got up into geostationary orbit at approximately 23,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. How did that happen? They got launched on top of rockets. Where’d they get the rockets? Air Force. Some of the satellites were launched by NASA.
If you’re following all this, at every step of the way there is nothing that couldn’t have been done outside of the purview of our wise, federal overlords. But just like with everything else that they touch, once they begin the process of managing it and regulating it, they can’t stop. The things they create along the way — see the ratchet effect — whether they’re useful or not it doesn’t matter. They remain in place until they are altered. Then when they’re altered, usually — you people that work in this business, you probably know this. By the time one of these restrictive rules is altered and is passed by various agencies and vetted and goes through the public comment period, by the time all this is done, it is probably obsolete. The purpose that it was created for to start with has passed, or the crisis or problem has
passed. They’ll go ahead and pass it anyway. You’ll wind up dealing with a set of laws and rules and regulations and specifications that are actually regressive and not progressive. Just keep doing this over and over again and you have our telecommunications grid today.
It should come as no surprise then that the powers that be desperately want to complete the circle. They desperately want to complete the dark circle, because if they can do that, they will have control over the means by which most of us are doing our communicating today. What puzzles me about this is, what the FCC seems to be trying to do, the NSA has already done. We know this thanks to Edward Snowden. The NSA already knows how to do all these things. The NSA knows how to tap into all the lines. The NSA knows how to redirect traffic. The NSA knows how to increase or decrease bandwidth. The NSA knows how to do all these things, and so do the companies that have been bugged by the NSA.
So what’s really going on here? What’s really going on here is what should be a private enterprise from the start, which is communication and the delivery of communication, is now going to become — this is what’s going to happen to the Internet. I’m just telling you the way this is going to work. The Internet is going to become your electric company. It’s going to become a totally wholly-owned subsidiary of the federal and state governments, and it’s going to be regulated just like the power companies are, mark my words. That’s what they’re trying to do here. You’ll have Internet service commissions that will have to be elected. You’ll have bureaus and boards and taxes that will have to pay for it. This is how this is going to happen.
Instead of sticking with what little bit of freedom and independence from federal oversight and regulation, the Internet is going to be co-opted. That’s what this net neutrality garbage is about. I know you tech heads are going to go: That’s not what it’s about! Well, then this is how they’re going to get into it so they can complete the circle for what it is they really want to do, which is to make the Internet companies public utilities.
I was reading the other day, someone was asking the question as to why when they moved into a new house, when they went to go try and secure garbage service, they had three or four alternatives. When they went to try and secure someone to cut their lawn, they had 30 alternatives. When they went to go turn their electricity on, they had one choice. They didn’t even have a choice. Go to that building over there. Apply to those guys and they’ll turn it on. They might require a deposit of you, but they’ll turn it on. When’s the last time someone came knocking on your door and said, “Hello, Mr. McGillicuddy? My name is Rufus and I’m from the Acme Electric Corporation. We’ve just set up in the neighborhood and we have a generation facility that is about two clicks from your house. We can deliver power service to you far cheaper than Entergy or Cleco can. All that is needed from you is for your permission to use the current lines that are running into your house and for us to install our meter on the side of your house.”
Why aren’t people knocking on the door? Because it’s illegal to do it in most states, that’s why. We certainly don’t want to be building little generating plants in suburban or rural areas that could service smaller areas, be less likely and less prone to shortages and outages, because if we did that, we’d cut the state, we’d cut the local government, cut the federal government, and we’d cut the monopoly electric companies out of their bread and butter, that’s why.
Same thing is going to happen with the Internet and it’s already begun. That’s what this net neutrality crap is about. Make no mistake about it. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. This is not to protect your access to the Internet. That is a smokescreen. This is to protect the government’s access to the Internet. That’s what it’s about.
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