Net Neutrality
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I agree with the words of President Obama: "We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas." I believe that without some restraint and oversite the dominate internet service and content providers will implement preferred access policies to maximize revenues and/or promote specific agendas and ideologies. I figure a one page regulation should be about all it should take to assure free and open internet access. And therein lies the problem.

The proposal to be voted on by the FCC on February 26, 2015 is 332 pages. It has not been made public and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has refused to testify before congress prior to the vote on the proposal. My first thought? Somebody is hiding something.

As Rep. Nancy Pelosi might say; "We have to pass the regulation so we can see what's in it."

In principle net neutrality is a good thing. My fear is a 332 page regulation passed by a federal agency that has no transparency or accountability will:

Impose rules upon almost every aspect of the Internet.
Increase the cost of internet access for the average American.
Stifle investment in internet related products and services.
Curtail innovation.
Result in what amounts to a federal takeover of the internet.

This is not an Obama administration, Republican or Democrat issue. It's a U.S. Government issue. Until we have full disclosure and transparency in Washington, D.C. the American public is going to continue to be deceived by self serving political bureaucrats.

February, 2015