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FCC Votes In Favor Of Net Neutrality Regulations

December 23, 2010 by  

FCC votes in favor of net neutrality regulationsThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a measure that would regulate the services rendered by phone and cable companies.

According to media reports, the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of a plan that would essentially allow the government to police the Web by prohibiting Internet or cable providers from discriminating against rival content or services. The three Democrats on the committee supported the measure, while the two Republicans opposed it.

In a written statement, President Barack Obama said that the plan will "help preserve the free and open nature of the Internet while encouraging innovation, protecting consumer choice and defending free of speech."

According to FOX News, some Republicans believe that the administration's push toward net neutrality may impose unnecessary regulations on an industry that is a rare bright spot in the current economy. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has urged the President to leave the Internet alone, as he has already nationalized healthcare, banks and student loans.

Verizon, which is the largest mobile telecommunications provider in the United States, is concerned that government intervention may cause uncertainty for innovators and investors.

"There is no doubt that the policies put in place by the Clinton Administration and the Bush Administration to jumpstart innovation and the spread of broadband worked," said Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs. "As a result, America's broadband and Internet marketplace is intensely competitive and an engine of economic growth, job creation and multibillion-dollar investment. Today's decision, however, unnecessarily departs from these successful policies."

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  • http://none Mike

    Must crush any rivals that might appear on the net. This will be the beggining of the end for free speach rights. It wont stop at the fairness doctorin. And we all know it. Mike L.

    • René Mowry

      Yep, the government (current administration) just had to worm its way into something that has worked perfectly well without it. It’s “for our own good,” you know. If one thinks that’s their only, and true, motive, it’s time to become educated to the Socialistic viewpoint. It’s also time to be aware of how Communism is worming its way into our Rebublic. The time for blind trust in our government is long gone.

    • Al Sieber

      Mike, it figures, that these 3 democrats support it. they’re gonna keep going if we let them. I e-mailed and called about the “Dream Act”, I hope people do the same about Net Neutrality Act.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Al sieber,
        Nobummer supporting free speech??? Yeah right!!! he only supports his brand of the truth and it ain’t true!!!

  • TIME


    I told you all this was coming, <> get on the Phone ~ Fax and Emails with your “”NEW reps”” and tell them not to even bring this to the floor of Congress.
    Tell them you would rather have them shut down the FCC. Keep the Government out of FREE SPEACH.

    And while your at it ask them to please do their jobs and “VET Barry Soetoro NOW.”

    Look equate the FCC’s act to Gorbels who told the German people what he wanted them to know, as their homes were being destroyed they were told the air raids were not working.
    While piles of bodys were being stacked up daily, Gorbels told the German people not to fear, they were winning.
    Even to the last days of the Reich Gorbels was telling everyone that the Russians were not in Berlin as well that a massive German Army was going to save everyone.
    Yet other than a few hundreds yards of soil held by old men and boys age 6-13 were holding this ground the Russians were in fact in Berlin.

    “Propaganda is still only Propaganda,” and words never mean the same thing to any two people, {The old glass is half full v half empty.}
    Or perhaps the {Independant Thinkers v the MOREOFFS.}

    Please wake up………..
    Please make a STAND for the few freedoms you have left, I beg you all.

    “The mind is like a Parachute, it has to be OPEN to WORK.”

    • Al Sieber

      TIME, don’t worry I’ll e-mail, and call these sons of bitc#es, they hung up on me one time. Joesph Goebbels did a fine job in Germany with his propaganda, he even said Hitler had a secret weapon. if everybody floods the switch board in D.C. that could help.

      • TIME

        Hi Al,
        Yes indeed Hitler had a very secret weapon, it was called VD as well his Mental Illness created from inbreeding.

        But then again we had Franklin Delano Rossevelt who was married to his Cousin “Eleanor Delano Rossevelt” now what was that law about inbreeding again?

        Progressive’s married in to their own familys to avoid allowing control out of the familys.
        So if you think thats wierd study the Rothschilds and where little boy Hilter fits into the picture with that Family.

        People all the TRUTHS are out there just OPEN your eyes PLEASE.

        • Al Sieber

          Time, I’ve read the Rothchilds time line, I think you can find it at:, or

      • http://none Mike

        Al and Time fired off a couple this morning myself. Unfortunatly I have a couple of turncoats here in Tn. Mike L.

        • TIME

          Mike, Just keep pushing, thats all we can do for the moment.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Just sent off Emails to my reps about this!! One usually listens the other, eh not so much!!

  • Teresa

    Well ty Obama supporters…welcome to one step closer to communism. Our liberties are being taken away more rapidly than ever before and your getting the change you asked for!

  • Howard Roark

    The FCC has no legitimate authority to regulate anything other than what is transmitted through the air and can be received free of charge. that is why they cannot interfere with cable television. the courts have ruled on this and the FCC is ignoring the courts ruling.

    Any time a liberal says that they are doing something to make it fair, it means that they desperately want to shut up the voice of conservitisim. the left for all of their propaganda just can not get most people to listen to their B.S.. it is why Air America fell flat on its face in its effort to be an alternative to conservitive talk radio. they were so desperate that they at one point stole money from a youth charity to keep theis B.S. on the air.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      I tuned into their station the other day and here is what I heard, ” CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP!!” and ” ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

  • J.M.R.

    what a joke it will only get better haha the dick-tater knows it will only get better for him to spy on the honest people that will take him out of power.

  • Mick

    When they started assailing our free speech about certain words not being appropriate and forbidden in certain instances people should have seen the rest coming, and folks, if we let them they won’t stop here……..

    • Al Sieber

      Well Mick, theres always “Pirate Radio”, get a S.W. radio, and get a schedule. the magazine “Popular Communications” has one, plus all the frequencies of the Military, Police, etc. you can start your own small low powered FM radio station without a license.

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    Thank you Big Brother. Now we can all listen to the State run radio shows. All Hail the PC Correct, Gender Neutral, limited freedoms, New World Order.
    Where do we pick up our gray Nerru style uniforms ?
    When do we get our 666 tatoos ?
    How do we apply for our Permission to Live permits ?
    When is the flag-Constitution-Bible burning party ?

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    Almost forgot:
    Should we bring all our guns in to the police station or will the gestapo be around to collect them?
    Same with any gold, silver, or food we may have.

    Sound paranoid ? Not really, just the natural extension of the policies now being forced on the American people.

    • Al Sieber

      gunner689, just give them the hot lead back.

  • tim

    Who voted for this dicktator

  • FlaJim

    ‘Net neutrality’ is another leftist euphemism just as ‘final solution’ was.

  • Tim L.

    According to media reports, the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of a plan that would essentially allow the government to police the Web by prohibiting Internet or cable providers from discriminating against rival content or services.
    Can any of you people read? Or do you just take what “Rich” Mitch McConnel says as gospel?
    What this means is that internet and cable providers can’t dictate what you can and can’t access, and they can’t dictate who provides your service. This is an anti-monopoly measure. It is designed to protect we the people rather than Verizon and other big money interests!

    • Vigilant

      Why don’t you wake up, idiot?

      The free market needs no more intervention by the government one way or another. This is a simple rehash of the “Fairness Doctrine” that leftists have been trying to put in place for years. The Feds have no place dictating to for-profit businesses who they can take on as advertisers and sponsors.

      “Anti-monopoly” my a$$! This has nothing to do with breaking up companies that are too big. It has everything to do with curtailing free speech.

    • clh

      How many times do you kiss Obamas ass when he appears on tV. It is people like you who vote for and allow this CRAP to happen. There is NOTHING that Obama and his cronies are doing that is for the good of the people. It is all for control and One World Order. Wake up man, or are you a girlie man looking forward to what Obama can offer you. I heard “his” male partners have died under unusual circumstances.

    • TIME


      I see your drinking from the bottle of utterly stupid, well thats ok Tim your like millions of others who can’t see the light of day even on a bright sunny day. Why?
      Your head is stuck firmly between the cheeks of your BUTT.
      But thats ok Tim your allowed to be that way now go back to sleep and enjoy your mind numbing twinkieness and May God Bless your pointy little tim foil covered head.

      “A Nation of Sheep will beget a Nation of Wolves.”

      • eddie47d

        Sounds like you are in favor of monopolies and stifling the voice of alternative Internet providers. No one should want any company getting to big for their britches. Where they can charge what they want and you have to pay up or do without: or listen to their opinions or services whether it’s your view or not. Be careful with what you are complaining about.

        • TIME

          Eddie, Are you talking to me?

        • Richard Pawley

          I don’t know about the Internet but those banks that were “to big to fail” got hundreds of Billions of dollars that they kept, and now the Treasury is just printing or creating 75 thousand million dollars a month out of thin air, each and every month. What I could do with just one tenth of one percent of all that! This government seems committed to seeing us collapse our economy. We have one chance and that is if the Tea Party can stop both the Establishment Democratic Socialists and the Establishment Republicans from continuing to squander our dollars. Government is way to big, just as our prisons are too. As I pointed out in the “Last Days of the Late Great United States” we have more people in prison than any nation on earth, mostly for drug offenses. What we need is real change, not just the socialism of the Democratic party. If the Tea Party can things they might be normal for a short while buy you cannot owe what we owe and not have horrendous inflation eventually. My guess over 250% before it’s all done. Time will tell. Even though times may be good for a while if we don’t reduce the size of government we will have none or close to it in a decade or so. It’s going to be interesting that’s for sure.

  • Raggs

    Well here we go again.. destroy more jobs in the private sector and freedoms from the citizens.
    I suppose this will mean that the taxpayers will need 50 million new government employees…

  • Kris

    OK, so the courts and the congress told the fcc that they could NOT do this and yet they did. So why are we even paying this any mind if it’s illegal? Who does clyburns daughter think she is? This is senator clyburns daughter in charge of the regulation. Why weren’t they stopped from this “lawless” behavior? If they don’t listen to the judges or the congress, where do they get their power from? The messiah, barak hussain nobama? Why would we implement illegal laws by a lawless agency?

    • Richard Pawley

      Someone from South Carolina told me that she had no appropriate experience at all when she got this political appointment at the FCC.

      • Al Sieber

        Richard, that makes me feel a lot better, how many more of these people have no experience?

    • Average Joe

      Since the FCC is basically spitting in the face of both the courts and congress…..
      The Congress needs to refuse to fund the enforcement of the new “rules”, place the refusal in a “huge bill” that Obama cannot possibly Veto without looking like the fool he truly is….Just a thought….

      • http://?? Joe H.

        That is what I told my congress person, a republican, we need to do! DEFUND THIS MANY HEADED MONSTER!!!

  • Average Joe

    I think the question here is: What are “WE” willing to put up with? We sit here at the keyboard harping and whining about everything the government screws us with…but we continue to use these services etc….and pay whatever fees they demand us to pay.

    Want things to change?…..Make a sacrifice….cut off the services as soon as the fees go up….period…..if enough people would reach way down into their collective souls and say…”enough is enough, we’re cutting you loose” and then canceled their subscriptions….the BS would stop. The problem is, we have become a nation of “gotta have instant gratification and gotta have it always”… one can be bothered to sacifice anything for any amount of time…not even for a minute, God forbid that I go without a phone, internet,TV etc.for a month or force them to listen to me…nope I’ll just keep paying them whatever they want….while harping and whining…that they are just mean greedy A-holes ……Get off your duffs and do something about it… hard can that be?…….

    Government may be the problem, but the bigger problem is…US.

    • Richard Pawley

      Sad to say but there is some truth in what you say. In one of my books I pointed out that those under 35 are going to have a really hard time of it in the future (when things get really bad after a short time of normalcy) because they have had it so easy compared to our forefathers or even our grandfathers. Four and a half years ago in a final 25 page chapter of my autobiography I warned of the coming stock market crash and suggested that gold was a good buy at $500-$600 I also called what is coming “The Greater Depression” It may have another name when it finally hits us but enjoy the better times that are coming for a short while. I suspect they will be the last for a very long time. I am still convinced based on 20 years of study that we are headed for prices tripling sometime in this decade. I just thank God I don’t have to live in a city.

  • James Kirksey

    We are attacked on every front by a perverted adminstration, which is enabled by progressive groups, bent on destroying our free society. This current social order (formerly Communist)has trashed our Constitution and divided our nation. The Democratic Socialist of America, ACORN, Black Cacus, many labor unions
    and others have united to bleed America of resources, confiscate industry, subpress free speech, and promote special interest groups. They seem to be on schedule at taking from the haves and giving to the have nots. They are behind the power curve on bringing illegals into the polling arena. The United Nations is in their plans to collect all priveloy owned guns. If we allow our guns, communications, industry, freedom to worship, and personal property to be violated, we will have Communism, by what ever name it may be called this week.

    Recent repeal of DADT and Nuclear Treaty were promoted to weaken our military and national standing in the world. Muslim sympathy seems to prevail in dealing with terrorist. We must clean up our government and return to only what is in the best interest of the people. We must negotiate from a position of strength; no giving up weapons of interest in any area. In short, we now need a patriot leader to lead our government.

    • Richard Pawley

      Yes, indeed, and since only Christians believe in the power of prayer it is up to us to pray for that leader to appear.

  • Teresa

    Like I stated before PLEASE watch who Obama tries to appoint as judges, this is CRUCIAL….do NOT allow this to happen!!!!!!!!!!

    • Richard Pawley

      And YES to this too. We need Justices to interpret the Constitution not apply international or Sharia law in our courts.

  • Gregg

    I’ll keep my guns, freedom & money… you can keep the change!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      And My Sanity!!!! Give them a chance, and they will try to steal that as well!!

  • James

    The federal law-making body is the Legislative Branch. The Executive Branch only executes those laws. When an agency of the Executive Branch makes a regulation that alters congressional law it has overstepped its authority. Many Supreme Court cases have so held. Our problem here is that most Americans and probably most congressmen (like Mitch McConnell) don’t know that. Either that, or Mitch was just feigning concern by pretending to be upset over what the FCC did. One congresswoman has spoken out against that FCC ‘regulation’ as a usurpation of congressional power.

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    This gvt. has not or will not do anything to increase the power or the freedom of individuals or the States, Everything this admin. does is to consolidate as much power as possible in Wash. This is called Centralized Gvt. Same as all the great Communist Dictatorships do. They have created these alphabet soup organizations, EPA, FCC, DEA, USDA, ect. These monsters eat money and their appatites are unsatiable. Now that many of them have been given regulatory powers they make their own laws. they are only answerable to the Executive Branch. Believe me folks, they don’t have our best interests at heart.


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