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As we’ve often discussed, the Tech Media is just as hopelessly Leftist and lost as the broader Jurassic Press. They are both echo chambers – talking points and terrible ideas bounce with great rapidity around their tiny little worlds. They are the Bubble Boys (and Girls) of news.
When a Tech Media story crosses over to the broader Jurassic Press – their ridiculous Leftist repetitiveness is truly comical. And highly disquieting.
On Friday, President Barack Obama’s huge Internet Network Neutrality power grab officially went into effect. A crossover story – with predictable, pathetic Press results.
What the Net Neutrality Ruling Means for You – NBC News
(T)he (Federal Communications Commission) FCC ruled that websites, media companies and others would travel online at the same speed.
Like government can magically make everyone and every job worth more money by mandating a higher minimum wage.
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should treat all online content equally without giving preference to particular sources — for example, charging more for sites that stream movies.
Movies chew up exponentially more bandwidth than just about everything else anyone does online. The government may as well mandate that people mailing cards – and cars – pay the same postage rate.
Net Neutrality Ruling: What It Means for You – CBS News
The Federal Communications Committee voted Thursday to regulate the Internet under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, which currently applies to telephone service.
Two words – legislative intent. I’m sure Congress when writing land line phone law eighty years ago in the midst of the Great Depression – had the Internet in mind.
Net Neutrality Takes Effect Today. Here’s How It Affects You – Washington Post
(N)o paid prioritization means Internet providers aren’t allowed to selectively speed up content in exchange for payments from Web site operators such as Netflix.
The government may as well mandate that you can’t pay for different delivery speeds of postage and packages. And they can start with their very own Postal Service.
The rules prohibit broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Internet traffic and from charging website owners and providers of Web-based services for prioritized traffic.
All of these stories sound remarkably similar to one another, do they not?
And incredibly Socialistic. Unlimited Internet – no matter how much you use – and the gracious government has mandated that the evil companies can’t charge you more.
Which are price controls. And will lead to where Socialism always leads – everyone having equal amounts of nothing.
One-lane highways are always fast, right? With 300+ million drivers on this one? One cement-mixer bandwidth hog in the lead – and the broadband backup will be hundreds of thousands of miles.
Then there’s Source Bias – where the media gets to choose who to use. With Questions & Answers – it depends on who’s answering.
Q&A: Net Neutrality Rules Go Into Effect – Associated Press
The AP doesn’t identify whom. Neither does Financial Express.
Net Neutrality Rules Go Into Effect Friday: 5 Top FAQs – Financial Express
Neither does USA Today.
Q&A: The Ins and Outs of Net Neutrality – USA Today
How do we know if the answers are good – if we don’t know who the answerers are?
Then there is how the media uses the Left’s verbiage. We free marketeers successfully began the process of rightly defining “Net Neutrality” – so the Left shifted to “Open Internet.” So of course did the media.
When the reality is – where on the planet does an exponentially larger government role result in a more “Open Internet?” Russia? China? Iran? North Korea? We’ll wait….
What the media never mentions is the point of Net Neutrality – as described by the people who pushed it for more than a decade.
“(T)he battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
They want to end all private Internet providers – and leave us all with government as our sole ISP. How very Hugo Chavez of them.
How great will that be for conservative websites? About as good as the Internal Revenue Service has been for conservative non-profit groups.
How does the Left intend to get there? Death by a thousand government cuts.
No media mention of the countless Leftist groups lining up to hound the private sector out of existence.
The FCC Will Now Take Your Net Neutrality Complaints – Ars Technica
The Left’s government assault on the Internet on Friday took a huge step forward.
It’s a pretty big story. Too bad the media remains steadfastly impervious to reporting it.