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Regulate the Internet? Why?

“Net neutrality” is the Left’s euphemism for regulation of the internet. It is a solution for which no known problem exists. Also, you can tell it is a bad idea because it is being promoted by Al Franken.
A group called Senate Accountability Watch produced this 30-second video, which is accompanied by a statement that says in part:

Senator Franken has spent an extensive amount of Senate time and resources since 2009 to bring about the regulation of the internet. He has tried to make his argument by labeling it, “The Free Speech Issue of our Time.” Senators Franken and Cantwell introduced Senate Bill 74, Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011. This bill’s intent is to regulate the business model options of internet providers. It prevents internet providers from prioritizing content access. The unintended consequences of regulating one of the last frontiers of unrestricted innovation could be costly to users and developers.
As advancement in medical, entertainment, and communication surges so does the need for flexibility in development of bringing these technologies to end users as well. This commercial is designed to help educate the general public on the unintended consequences of stifling business innovation through legislation. It is easier to change a business model through public pressure rather than amending or repealing law. …
The internet is becoming more and more congested every day. Charles Davidson and Bret Swanson cited in their study that, “Video is more than 70 percent of traffic on the consumer Internet, but generates less than 10 percent of total revenues for broadband service providers. In the wireless realm, it is estimated that data traffic will increase by more than 100 percent each year through 2014.” Senator Franken’s push to regulate the internet would stifle quality, access, and innovation by restraining the evolution of the internet. Senator Franken’s legislation would dramatically disrupt and degrade the very thing he is trying to save.


It’s a slick piece of work. These guys should enter the Power Line Prize contest.

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