The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund has taken a look at how ‘net neutrality’ moved from a fringe idea to an FCC-imposed regime. He finds that a group of ‘liberal activist groups and foundations’ pushed the idea for years, culminating in the FCC move to impose net neutrality this week:
There’s little evidence the public is demanding these rules, which purport to stop the non-problem of phone and cable companies blocking access to websites and interfering with Internet traffic. Over 300 House and Senate members have signed a letter opposing FCC Internet regulation, and there will undoubtedly be even less support in the next Congress…
[S]ome of the same foundations that have spent years funding net neutrality advocacy research ended up funding the FCC-commissioned study that evaluated net neutrality research.
So the “media reform” movement paid for research that backed its views, paid activists to promote the research, saw its allies installed in the FCC and other key agencies, and paid for the FCC research that evaluated the research they had already paid for. Now they have their policy. That’s quite a coup.
The Federal Communications Commission adopted net neutrality just days before Christmas, at a time when attention was intensely focused on an eventful lame duck session of Congress, and days before a conservative majority took leadership in the House of Representatives. They did so without releasing a copy of the proposed order in advance. And days later, they have still not released the text of the rule they adopted.
Congress cannot allow an oppressive new regulatory regime to be imposed – without debate, and without meaningful public interaction – by an unaccountable agency led by political appointees. The move is especially troubling given the role played by influential, monied interests.
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