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June 15, 2011
Big brother gets bigger
The Obama administration's quest to control the internet is taking another turn, with a new government-run network on the drawing board.
The American Spectator reports:
A Senate bill has been introduced to set aside a portion of the wireless spectrum for this purpose, the Spectator notes, and funding to create the new network and start a public corporation will come in part from, where else, taxpayer dollars.
A government-run network for public safety and first responders sounds plausible on the surface, but the tentacles are sure to expand in reach. The Spectator quotes a White House source:
Which translates to subsidized in perpetuity on the backs of the taxpayers. There is no end to what can be done with other people's money, and at the current rate there is no end to the reach of our beneficent masters in Washington.
In case you ever wondered what all those czars deep inside the White House actually do, the American Spectator column further reports that the FCC is about to release a report declaring the wireless market non-competitive.
What a coincidence.
A Republican source observes:
If the Obama regime is able to establish the groundwork for a government internet behind the scenes in a first term, it is not hard to imagine what further encroachments on the private sector and personal freedom may lie ahead in a second term unencumbered by thoughts of reelection.
The New York Times revealed earlier this year that "Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China."
And Bill Kristol observed at the time, in the Weekly Standard, that "if you're president of China, you can fund your national public radio to your heart's content."
China's new State Internet Information Office was in fact the subject of a recent USA Today column:
Last week FCC Chairman Julius Genachowskie made a show of proclaiming that "I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions from the Code of Federal Regulations, so that there can be no mistake that what has been a dead letter is truly dead."
Who needs the Fairness Doctrine when you have net neutrality rules and your very own internet.
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