Feburary 26, 2015–remember that date to hear what the future and costs will bring on your use of the Internet. It’s the FCC’s public date for voting.

This is probably the most important post we’ve had to date in the Quad State Business Journal. And no one–outside of a few media–are bringing attention to it in nearly the detail it needs to be revealed.

The Internet, home to a whopping $4.2 trillion worth of commerce, would be the fifth largest country in the world if it were to be figured in dollars. But thanks to one astute whistle-blower, we know a little more.

Ever Hear of Net Neutrality?

Of course you have.  That phrase is pretty common in the media. The hideous thing is that you have very sweet and unassuming business owners claim that this brand new thing called Net Neutrality (Internet Neutrality) really makes the playing field level ‘for small businesses owners like me.’

The truth is just the opposite.

It makes a horror story of new business regulations come to life for American businesses. With what little we know about the 332-page document, it is going to enable the US government to collect billions in new taxes.

This of course is the handiwork of the current President, but it SHOULD go far beyond a Republican vs. Democrat issue. This thing affects all 330 million Americans in one way or the other.

Is This Obama-Care for the Internet?

According to some, it’s far worse than that.

In a watershed article from Breitbart the America people have a ‘secret squirrel’ insider to bring to light the sordid details before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote is taken on their three-judge panel in a few weeks.

[Note: two of the three people who will be deciding this Internet take-over list themselves as Democrats.]

Again, this SHOULD be way above a Republican vs. Democrat issue to what is REALLY good for the majority of the American people.

The link at the end of this post will give you more details.

The investigator said it gives the FCC the ‘power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.’ The plan will, by default, open the door to billions of dollars in new broadband taxes with the follow-on result of higher consumer prices for everyone.

Oh, No Congressional Oversight Needed, Thank You Very Much Though

The scheme, er, plan, is file the ruling under Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act and call the Internet a telephone company. And thus, the FCC will avoid the messy details of having congressional oversight.

If you remember back to 1996, the Telecommunications Act was used to break of the A T & T telephone monopoly.

This was good for the general telephone and consumer industry back then, but because two of the three FCC commissioners did not want congressional oversight, they claimed that this entire 332-page plan was simply an update of the 1996 Act.

The end result is that the 1996 Act regulates a monopoly. Thus, if you call the Internet a monopoly, you can tuck the 332 pages inside the Act and regulate it until the cows come home.


Before, there was concern about the plan because it would hinder broadband investment, slow network speed and expansion, limit outgrowth to rural areas of the country, and reduce Internet service provider (ISP) competition.

“The plan saddles small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market,” Pai, Breittbart’s  “As a result, Americans will have fewer broadband choices. This is no accident. Title II was designed to regulate a monopoly. If we impose that model on a vibrant broadband marketplace, a highly regulated monopoly is what we’ll get.”

“The Strongest Open Internet Protections Ever Imposed…”

So spake the FCC when he wrote the commissions just this past Wednesday.

“Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.”

But look under the hood of the regulations.

The investigator responded that the “Courts have twice thrown out the FCC’s attempts at Internet regulation” during the Obama Administration. On January 14, 2014, the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals struck down most of the FCC’s November 2011 net neutrality rules. The Appellate Court vacated the FCC’s “anti-discrimination” and “anti-blocking” as essentially discriminatory and blocking in an attempt to again give the FCC political appointees the power to dictate what they believe is honest, equitable, and balanced.

The investigator further said that after a year of debates responding to the courts twice striking down FCC efforts to regulate the Internet, “There’s no reason to think that the third time will be the charm. Even a cursory look at the plan reveals glaring legal flaws that are sure to mire the agency in the muck of litigation for a long, long time.”

Every Chamber of Commerce Should Make Members Aware of This

Even though there is smart money on the side of cooler heads prevailing again in this take-over of the Internet this time, why do we have to go through this every year?

Both parties have a share in this.

The Internet is where people will be living even more in the future. Why is it that we seem to have 100% of one political part and about 35% of the other one always clamoring for more government control of citizens?

Why is there money in the hand of the fool to buy wisdom, when he has no sense?


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About Steve Lanning

Steve Lanning is a nationally recognized entrepreneur who has been creating his own paycheck since 1975 and loves to help others do likewise. As the founder of both the National Association of Business Coaches (sold in 2002) and the Consultants National Resource Center (for all marketers of professional services), he and his family have lived in three of the four states in our Quad State region. His passion is to see individuals and small businesses, start-ups to mature, discover and promote their strengths in building revenue streams individually, that, collectively, make for a strong region as reported on and celebrated by the Quad State Business Journal. He can be contacted at

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