Obama gets hammered over Internet plans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
By Paul Martin

‘It’s not 1934, and we are not dealing with telephones you hold in 2 parts’

Bob Unruh
Nov. 10, 2014

Struggling to come up with a second-term success after his policies were rejected by voters in the midterm elections and as his health-care law faces court challenges, President Obama on Monday ventured into “Net neutrality” – essentially more government regulations for the Web – only to be inundated with a torrent of negative reaction.

“It’s not 1934, and we are not dealing with telephones you hold in two parts,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I’m proud of the work Senate Republicans have done to lay out an agenda for encouraging growth and innovation here in America, and we must defend against the use of a decades-old regulatory framework that would hurt that progress,” Hatch said.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released a one-liner that reverberated around the Web: “‘Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”

Obama, claiming to want an “open Internet,” has asked the Federal Communications Commission to “implement the strongest possible rules” for it.

Two attempts to impose regulations already have been struck down by the courts. But Obama, whose party suffered massive defeats in last week’s midterms at local, state and national levels, said all he wants is “simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day.”

His specific demands are “no blocking,” “no throttling,” “increased transparency” and “no paid prioritization.”

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