Ex-FCC Chief “Shocked” by Feds’ Attempt to Regulate Internet

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
By Paul Martin

“The order goes far beyond protecting net neutrality”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
February 24, 2015

Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell told CNBC today that he was shocked by the federal agency’s rush to regulate the Internet as a vote looms on a 332 page plan that remains secret.

“The order goes far beyond protecting net neutrality which was the original purpose and in fact introduces a new regulatory regime for the Internet,” said Powell, adding “I think it’s fair to say we are shocked.”

Powell downplayed concerns made by net neutrality advocates about ISPs blocking or throttling content, asserting, “They’ve never done any of the things that net neutrality purports to be protecting.”

“For three decades we’ve been retreating from this regulatory model in virtually every space of communication and we’re gonna now apply that regime to the most dynamic, innovative, free willing network in world history,” added Powell, explaining his shock at President Obama appearing in a YouTube video to direct the FCC to implement the new regulatory measures.

The heart of the net neutrality issue boils down to growing opposition over current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to place broadband providers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, turning the Internet into a utility and potentially opening the door for onerous government regulation and censorship.

Critics fear the move would put unaccountable bureaucrats in control of the web, a “federal takeover” that would suffocate competition, innovation and investment.

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