Mar 192015
The Net Neutrality Scam FEBRUARY 26, 2015 Ryan McMaken Original: The Mises Institute, founded in 1982, is an educational institution devoted to advancing Austrian economics, freedom, and peace in the classical-liberal tradition. TAGS Big Government,nterventionism Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web? In the past twenty years, access to the Internet has only become more widespread and service today is far faster for many people — including “ordinary” people — than it was twenty years ago, or even ten years ago. Today, broadband in Europe, where the Internet is more tightly regulated, has less reach than it has in the United States. The administration’s plan is rather innocuously called “net neutrality,” but in fact it has nothing at all to do with neutrality and is just a scheme to vastly increase the federal government’s control over the Internet. What is Net Neutrality? We don’t know the details of the plan because the FCC refuses to let the taxpayers see the 300-page proposal before the FCC votes on it today. But, we do know a few things. Currently, ISPs are regulated by the FCC, but as an “information service” under the less restrictive rules of so-called Title I. But now, the FCC wants to regulate ISPs as utilities under the far more restrictive Title II restrictions. For a clue as to how cutting edge this idea is, remember this switch to Title II regulation would put ISPs into the same regulatory regime as Ma Bell under the Communications Act of 1934. So what does this mean for the FCC in practice? According to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, “It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.” More specifically, Gordon Crovitz at the Wall Street Journal writes: [With Net Neutrality,] bureaucrats can review the fairness of Google’s search results, Facebook’s news feeds and news sites’ links to one another and to advertisers. BlackBerry is already lobbying the FCC to force Apple and Netflix to offer apps for BlackBerry’s unpopular phones. Bureaucrats will oversee peering, content-delivery networks and other parts of the interconnected network that enables everything from (more…)
Mar 142015
SENATE COMMITTEE READIES CISA SURVEILLANCE BILL Corporations to provide real-time data on citizens to NSA The NSA is about to get even more information on citizens. On Thursday the Senate Intelligence Committee held a vote on the latest version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. The legislation cleared the intelligence panel last year and then stalled after privacy and civil liberties groups called foul. “Both CISA and Obama’s proposal have encountered resistance due to fears that the measures would give the government more access to personal data of Americans, which could be collected and analyzed by the NSA and other federal departments,” the National Journal. The latest version, in fact, permits automatic NSA access in real-time to personal information shared with a governmental entity. It also allows access by intelligence agencies and the military. “Since the summer of 2013, NSA surveillance activities, such as the telephony metadata bulk collection program and the PRISM program, have raised nationwide alarm. CISA ignores these objections, and requires real time dissemination to military and intelligence agencies, including the NSA,” states a lettersent to Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, chairmans of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “Congress should be working to limit the NSA’s overbroad authorities to conduct surveillance, rather than passing a bill that would increase the NSA’s access to personal information and private communications.” The letter was sent on March 2 and signed by members of civil society organizations and security experts and academics. The NSA considers the legislation crucial because it allows corporations to violate privy laws and transfer “cyber threat indicators” to the government. “It also ensures that companies that pass on information will be protected against court action — liability limits that disincentivize companies from adequately protecting user privacy,” states a FAQ produced Access, an organization dedicated to global digital freedom. William Binney, one of the NSA’s best mathematicians and code breakers before he resigned in 2011, believes the ultimate objective at the agency is to create a police state and control the population through massive surveillance. “This is a totalitarian process,” he said in 2013, and it “means we are now in a police state.” If ultimately enacted, CISA will merge corporations into the national security state and continue the construction of an overwhelming police and surveillance state not seen since the heydays of Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union. The above via Until our next (more…)
Mar 052015
Net Neutrality is a Scam       Published on Jun 1, 2014 Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it.  John Oliver explains the controversy and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC. (, for any interested parties) Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once:… Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)