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Senate Must Stop Obama Internet Takeover
By Phil KerpenSeptember 23, 2011
Today, the Obama administration officially published  the Federal Communications Commission  (FCC) so-called net neutrality rules in the Federal Register. These rules would undo a decade of free-market, hands-off Internet policy that has made the Internet the greatest engine of economic growth, creativity, and innovation the world has ever seen. They would set us down a path to reducing the Internet into a government-regulated, government-controlled public utility. The effective date is November 20, 2011. The House has already voted to overturn the rules. The Senate now has two months to do the same – and they must.
A recent Tarrance Group poll  found that 74 percent of Americans believe the regulatory burden is too high in this country. Moreover, 65 percent of voters – and 67 percent of Democrats – oppose agencies regulating without the approval of Congress. And that is precisely what’s going on.
President Barack Obama , infamously promised  – at Google  headquarters – "I will take a back seat to no one in my commitment to net neutrality." He recently bragged about bypassing Congress  to get his way, saying: "Until Nancy Pelosi  is speaker again, I'd like to work my way around Congress."
Free from regulation, the Internet has been a bright spot in our weak economy, with tech sector unemployment at just 3.3 percent. The net neutrality order will start us down the path to crippling it with regulations. A study from NYU found the rule will destroy between 100,000 and 200,000 jobs.
"At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control."
Now comes a clear test for the U.S. Senate. There is no clearer example of outrageous abuse of regulatory power than the FCC’s net neutrality order. It came just weeks after an election in which all 95 candidates who campaigned on the issue lost. It implemented a concept already clearly rejected by Congress and by federal courts. And it rewarded special interests, both left-wing ideological groups and companies like Google and IAC/InterActiveCorp that are close to the administration.
The Senate is expected a vote on S.J.Res.6, a Joint Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the net neutrality order. Under the Congressional Review Act, the resolution cannot be filibustered andHarry Reid  cannot keep it off of the Senate floor. That means that if just four Democratic senators join all 47 Republicans they can stop this outrageous power grab, and protect the free market Internet – daring Obama to veto and take full political responsibility.
For the sake of jobs, the constitutional principle that Congress writes the laws, and the future of online freedom, let’surge the Senate to do the right thing. 
Mr. Kerpen is vice president for policy atAmericans for Prosperity  and the author of "Democracy Denied: How Obama is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America - and How to Stop Him" (BenBella Books, October 18, 2011). Chapter 3 is on net neutrality.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) press release
Sept. 23, 2011, 1:34 p.m. EDT
CAGW Reacts to FCC's New Network Neutrality Rules
WASHINGTON, Sep 23, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, the final rules on "Preserving the Open Internet" were published in the Federal Register. The network neutrality rules will, for the first time in the history of the Internet, impose government regulation and intervention over the Internet. The new rules require that fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and terms and conditions of their broadband services; prohibit the blocking of lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; and, may not discriminate unreasonably in transmitting lawful network traffic. These final rules will go into effect on November 20, 2011.
CAGW has consistently opposed these unfair rules on Internet providers. The House of Representatives has already taken action to disapprove the new network neutrality rules by passing H. J. Res. 37 on April 8, 2011. The House bill nullifies the "net neutrality" rules adopted by the FCC on December 21, 2010. The Senate has yet to act on this or similar legislation.
Proponents of net neutrality want the online world to be forced "open" at the expense of successful Internet providers. Legal issues aside, net neutrality supporters fail to recognize the many tradeoffs to "openness" such as increased spam, fewer privacy controls, and slower service. Regulation of the Internet would prevent carriers from managing their own networks, including the ability to curtail viruses and other harmful content. Forcing wireless carriers to over-expose their networks to data-heavy applications, like streaming video, graphic-rich games, and movies and music downloads, would only exacerbate the problem and cause disruptions for customers. In other words, the perverse result of the final rules is to protect the people who are hogging bandwidth at the expense of those who simply want to conduct normal and non-disruptive transactions online.
"No one walks around with a big sign saying 'I am a heavy bandwidth user and am responsible for performance delays on your computer,'" said CAGW President Tom Schatz. "While such an online equivalent of the Scarlet Letter would be helpful to non-offenders, it is not likely to happen anytime soon. Individuals might not be able to identify or stop the piggish bandwidth user, but the offender's Internet Service Provider (ISP) has the ability to manage traffic in order to combat network congestion, so that performance delays are not suffered by others, who are by far the vast majority of subscribers.
"As the economy continues to flounder (after all the DJIA has dropped more than 674 points in the last two days) the government should be doing everything possible to encourage investment and innovation. The net neutrality rules will instead stifle new and exciting advances in technology," Schatz concluded.
Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.
Take Action:Tell Congress to Stop the FCC Internet Takeover!
( Note: House passed FCC Disapproval Resolution H.J.RES.37 on 4/8/2011 )
Sign a Petition:
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Call your Senators and ask them to support Senate Joint Resolution 6 ( S. J. Res. 6 ) :
"Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices (Report and Order FCC 10-201, adopted by the Commission on December 21, 2010), and such rule shall have no force or effect."
Talking Points( excerpted from prosperityactions.com ) :
-- Call your Senators! Urge them to vote Yes! on S.J.Res.6
Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr. 202-224-6324 | Sen. Pat Toomey** 202-224-4254