|THERE was a young lady of Niger|
|Who smiled as she rode on a Tiger;|
|They came back from the ride|
|With the lady inside,|
|And the smile on the face of the Tiger.|
We seem to recall that public utilities needed regulation by government because they were natural monopolies. Left alone, you’d expect rows of power/telephone poles marching down both sides and maybe the middle of every street, competing with each other. So, to avoid that, the government took control of the market. The reality as one might suspect, was a bit different but nevertheless, the government ended on top.
Today, the government approved FCC regulations asserting control of the Internet, based on that same now ancient, utility law. It is reality nonsense of course; there is only one Internet and it is full of competition already. Never mind … The government cannot stand a widely disseminated information source that it does not control: Witness China, North Korea, Russia and others already controlling their citizens’ access to information. If you are in charge, your version must be the only version. Shortly, we will have the add-ons from the FEC and the FTC to augment the new FCC regs, in case any of the original effort falls by the wayside for any reason.
The new edicts are based upon laws written long before the Internet was even a dream. The new regs are patently illegal, unblessed by Congress, mere assertions of a President now making his own laws, so far with impunity. There will be court actions of course; the government will look for sympathetic judges while opponents will do the same from the other side; eventually they may meet at the Supreme Court if public attention makes it necessary. Congressional Republicans will complain bitterly and agonize over their inability to prevent the actions. A replay of Obamcare and immigration programs.
Meanwhile, government, that has been leaning upon Internet providers quietly to further its spying, will have the color of law to tell them what they can and cannot do. And unapproved information will gradually vanish from the net.
Unless naturally, there is a general uprising in favor of net freedom. That net freedom seems to us, is a stand-in for personal freedom; both are diminishing under creeping government controls. Saying that likely makes us right-wing terrorist suspects on Homeland Security listings these days., though we do not adhere to any wings Selah!
Look first for social media — Facebook, Twitter etc. –to promulgate ‘standards’ for use. Standards that outlaw anti-government political positions as ‘inappropriate” for social media. Unapproved news will gradually disappear. And so on.
We are hoping for enough fuss to head this off. We actually expect just enough uproar to divest the anschluss of its worst aspects, leaving the noxious essence to move forward at a slower than hoped pace. That’s our view of reality these days.
We assume that the Republicans are no less interested in controlling the Internet than are the Democrats. We assume also that, as the official opposition party, they want to be seen as opposed to government Internet control without having to give it up. Like say, their position on immigration. We have noted that a lot of Republican and Democratic funding comes from the same people now. That tells us something.
So stay tuned as the now free Internet becomes or does not become, a government apparatchik. Anyone out there ready to predict the Las Vegas odds?