7.5.10

A government takeover of the Internet

By Todd Shields

May 6 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski claimed power to regulate companies that provide Internet access, opening a fight with cable and telephone companies and sparking opposition from Republicans.

Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp., cable operators that sell Web connections, fell more than 5 percent in New York trading.

Genachowski’s proposal lays a foundation for net neutrality rules to bar Internet service providers from interfering with users’ traffic. The plan provides “only the modest authority” needed after a U.S. court stripped its power over the Web, Genachowski, a Democrat, said today in a statement.

The plan is “a government takeover of the Internet,” said House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio. “Under this job- killing big government scheme, the Obama administration is seeking to expand the power of the federal government.”
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This is worrisome. On the road to socialism the government must silence all opposition, either by destroying the reputations, or by remving there ability to speak out.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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