President Obama’s call for tougher rules that would treat the Internet like a utility are coming under fire from Republicans, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) likening them to “Obamacare for the Internet.”
Cruz and other Republicans argued Obama’s proposal represents a regulatory power grab that would undermine Internet freedom and raise costs.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who is expected to become the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee next year, added his fear that Obama’s demand “would turn the Internet into a government-regulated utility and stifle our nation’s dynamic and robust Internet sector with rules written nearly 80 years ago for plain old telephone service.”
“The president’s stale thinking would invite legal and marketplace uncertainty and perpetuate what has needlessly become a politically corrosive policy debate,” he said in a statement after Obama's announcement.
I am a Tea Party member and I would like someone to explain why Ted Cruz is against Net Neutrality. We do not want the FCC to regulate the Internet and let Ted Wheeler (head of the FCC and a big time lobbyist for the cable companies) allow the cable companies to control the internet for profit.
Okay, with all due respect, Sen. Cruz....we agree and are aware....but what, if anything, will the Rs do about it? And when?
Ted Cruz is right. The internet should remain in private hands and unregulated. The infrastructure of the internet was built by private companies who own it now. They can do with it whatever they want now. It is their property. We are not a communist state where the governenmnt controls private ownership. The communist governments in Europe and Asia control the internet there, but it is cheaper there and consumers have more boradband access than we have here. The difference: we cherish private enterprise and we do not let the government touch private property. This is America and not some communist state! Keep the government out of the internet!
for instance....if the government gets a hold of the internet they could ban certain political advertisements, block all gun sale advertisements.....certain political ads and commentary.....once the government takes something away..its gone. the government regulates all banks and has threatened the banks many times when they did not toe the line, education like common core has and will turn our schools into progressive-socialist indoctrination centers, healthcare is based on a massive Ponzi scam to redistribute money from one part of a program to another using the irs and a heavy mandated and confusing law where you have no control in the process.....now look what the epa has done to us...under the cloak of clean air or climate change they have regulated us to death...where many of the mandates will never make one bit of difference in the overall picture of clean air or energy.
If the government has control of the internet they will control everything we do freely on it. You can say goodbye to home schooling, internet sales on EBay and Amazon will be taxed highly and we will all pay dear for internet service just like ObamaCare. Many people including me will no longer be able to afford internet service. Besides being spied on constantly by the government, and sites like this will no longer be allowed. The government controls so much of our daily lives already, why give them more control? It's just another form of Communism. The government wants to own our whole lives.
Nothing this pos does surprises me. If it goes against us and our country he will do it. About now, his rap sheet should be as long as 10 miles. I want to understand WHY we don't start impeachment against this traitor of our country? How much longer does this need to go on? Reid and a whole slew of them need to be inprisoned for their dark shady deals. It is something called the LAW, if anyone remembers what that is.
You need to be almost a millionaire in Europe to afford the internet. We are warning you like you were warned with the truth of Social Medicine, some refused to believe now you have Obama Hell Care.
I am with you. Suits them right for having the government involved as the Europeans seem to prefer. When will they realize that government does not work? The average European pays $75 for triple play per month where the three most expensive countries charge as much as $115 for the same thing.
Obama seeks control powers not afforded any legal President (which he is not), We must act on the vetting issue still unanswered and must be, without it he is permitting and allowing known terrorists into the nation. His undermining our borders and bringing into the capital known terrorists for a White House visit and stay as I understand the events. He's a gay Muslim from Kenya, we must get to the end of this and replace him as President. Ted Cruz should be given all the backing from the GOP he's in touch with what we want and expect from the Senate and the Congress.
Everything Obama has done must be reversed, everything, he must be removed from History, he's a fraud and a terrorist himself, its the only explanation for his entire push of events under the executive order. Seizing control of all commerce throughout the country, undermining the military, bringing thousands of Arab dissidents and criminals that made for acts of assaults by teenagers at State Fairs and other social events by throwing rocks and mobbing people. Eric Holder must be tried for his involvement in all this too.
We're counting on our Republicans to do the right thing here, don't fail us.