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.”

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.


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