Net Neutrality Means You Can Have The Internet Your Way

The international order is changing as a result of populism, and I would argue that the populism is a response to the disintegration all around the world in developed countries of the middle class, as the predatory class, the over class, the top 1% keeps taking more and more and more.

And one of the ways that the top 1% are going to cement their control, and certainly have in countries like China and Iran and Saudi Arabia, is by locking down the internet.

If you lock down the internet, you shut down the lines of communication. You can make it harder for people to use social media, you can limit the reach of social media, you make it harder for people to get their message out. You can even read everybody's email, you can track everything everybody's doing, you know all about them by what they're searching on.

There's so much you can learn about individuals that you can use against them or that you can keep them from knowing if you can control the Internet.

And that's why when President Obama was president, Tom Wheeler, his FCC Commissioner, said we are going to establish that the Internet is a public utility and we are going to regulate it under the same provision that we regulate telephone companies.

So, if I call Louise, my phone company does not have the legal right to listen in on my conversation, they don't have the legal right to say, "hey, they're talking about business, we're going to raise the cost of that call, we're going to start charging them 3 cents a minute." They don't have the legal right to say to me, if I'm going to call my wife versus somebody else who I know, that call is going to cost more than this call, or that call is going to go faster, this call is going to go slower, that kind of thing.

They don't have that legal right because they're regulated under title 2 of the Telecommunications Act, phone companies are, and what Tom Wheeler said was internet companies will be regulated under that too. Internet service providers, the equivalent of the phone company, the company that brings the Internet into your home, they cannot mess with your internet. They cannot monitor your internet. All they can do is charge you for how much of it you use, just like the phone company can charge you for how much you use. Arguably most of them have gone to unlimited minutes, but they can charge you for how often or how long you talk. That's it.

And of course Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer who is now the chairman of the FCC, blew that up and said no - Comcast and AT&T and every other company, they can do whatever they want, they can throttle you, they can jack up your price, they can slow down your service unless you pay extra.

And there is a way out of this. And the way out of this is by having Congress overrule the FCC Commissioner and it takes 51 votes in the Senate and 218 votes, I think, in the house. That's all it takes. And the votes are there. Susan Collins just provided the 50th vote in the Senate and in the House, it would be every every Democrat and probably a third if not a half of the Republicans.

But Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are refusing to bring it - it's called a congressional resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act. Congress can reverse the actions of any of the departments in the executive branch, including the FCC. They can simply say, "Ajit Pai, we don't like what you did, it's undone. We go back to what we had the rules that we had under Tom Wheeler."

And I think it's really interesting that this is picking up so much steam now, that big transnational corporations like Burger King are jumping on the bandwagon, trying to explain net neutrality to Americans. In this new ad that Burger King has rolled out, it blows my mind that that net neutrality has become something you can sell Whoppers with.

In this new ad they start out by asking a bunch of people, what do you know about net neutrality? And of course, every single person has no idea what net neutrality means. And then they do to burgers what Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and whatnot want to do to your internet, which is you pay more, you get you get it faster. If you pay less, you get it slower. We're going to filter this.

And then at the very end, of course, everybody says, "oh, now I get it." And it's just great.

And this is what we need to be doing, contacting our members of Congress. Now, like I said, we've got enough in the Senate but Mitch McConnell won't allow a vote because the Republicans are in the pockets of the big corporations. Big corporations are making them rich. Mitch McConnell won't allow a vote, Paul Ryan won't allow a vote.

We need to absolutely raise hell about this because it will pass. It would pass right now. Congress would overturn Ajit Pai, the Verizon lawyer who now runs the FCC.

Trump is putting industry people in virtually every every position. They just made the head of HSS the guy who used to run Eli Lilly. It's just pick an industry. If you've got a regulatory agency that overlooks coal and oil, they put a coal and oil executive in there, or somebody beholden to one. And on and on it goes. They did the same thing with the FCC. It's so corrupt.

The Trump administration is blindingly corrupt. They are more corrupt even than the most corrupt administration in the history the United States - the Reagan administration, that had more senior officials prosecuted and convicted for crimes than any other Administration in the history of the United States.

I predict that the Trump administration is going to beat Reagan's record in terms of corruption and the only thing frankly that I believe that we can do is to push back at the level of our politicians, which means calling your members of Congress - calling your members of the House and calling your members of the Senate - and saying we want that vote on that resolution for disapproval. Vote to bring back net neutrality.

This is the phrase: vote to disapprove the FCC under the Congressional Review Act.

It's Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell blocking this thing. Give them a call and just say we want net neutrality. This is like the last media thread that is hanging before basically everything is overwhelmed by basically six companies who right now own the vast majority of the newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television stations and networks in the United States. Six corporations, and in the internet world it's basically three large corporations. Probably one day soon it'll be two or one. But basically even when you're down to three that's functionally a monopoly if it's not literally a monopoly, a triopoly.

There's no competition there.


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Muldoonicus 5 years 18 weeks ago

Gee Thom Sounds great, but now you have Senators like Tom Cotton threatening citizens who write him with prosecution. Doesn't sound much like Democracy to me?

Legend 5 years 18 weeks ago

None of this will be reported on the mainstream media. You only hear wat they want you to hear.

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Hephaestus 5 years 18 weeks ago

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell appear to have no "common sense" or love of fellow man

What does it take for an elected politician to neglect and ignore legal obligation to his consituents... "we the people"?

Look at who lobbies Paul Ryan

Look at who lobbies McConnell

That's what it takes I guess (!?!?)

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Hephaestus 5 years 18 weeks ago

Sorry! Regarding McConnell and Ryan

Should have added that dignity and integrity do not appear to be a character trait

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jefflisse 5 years 18 weeks ago

Yep.. Paul Ryan. The Ayn Rand poster boy.

I live in his home town of Janesville, WI.
He's never carried his home town in an election...
He's never carried his home county in an election...

But he'll never loose, because of the blatant illegal redistricting, that took place in Wisconsin after the last census!

He still has a home here. His family still lives here.
But, as far as the people of this (once thriving) blue collar town goes.. There's absolutely no love lost!!

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jefflisse 5 years 18 weeks ago

Go to You Tube...

Unemployed Constituents stand up to Paul Ryan, get arrested. 3.59


Paul Ryan Labor day parade. 8.17

DrRichard 5 years 18 weeks ago

Joseph Pulitzer put it well, "Our republic and its press will rise and fall together." Substittue "information flow, education," etc. for just the 19th century newspaper and you have it. Incidentally, in light of media consolidation the rest of the quote is worth adding:

"An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mold the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations.”

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jefflisse 5 years 18 weeks ago


Well stated quotes...
But those "ideals" were for a "republic" for which we once stood.


We now live in a Corporately controlled Oligarchy.
For which we're increasingly being "forced" ( against our will ) to kneel!

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2950-10K 5 years 18 weeks ago

Jeff: Given his budget proposals, I've always been astonished that anyone would vote for Paul Ryan. Is it just a case of voters in your district not being aware of what's in his budget plans, and or are they just foxmerized and oblivious to the reality that they're voting against their own best can they vote for such extreme self injury time and time again? I personally have the opinion that Ryan has to be suffering from some sort of mental illness... he's one of the most selfish and self serving politicians in history....along with McConnell.

BTW: I've repeatedly told my Indivisible counterparts that without putting effort into exposing foxaganda for what it is to local citizens, voters in our district will continue to vote like Bachmann, Diane, and other words, continue to vote thoughtlessly for the Kochbagger Party and thus for only the beneifit of billionaires, who do not need our help.

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HotCoffee 5 years 18 weeks ago


Only if you keep running people like Hillary. Clearly you didn't read my post about Tulsi Gabbard or you would have better comprehension of where I stand.

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jefflisse 5 years 18 weeks ago


Totally agree. In 2010 Ryans district size almost doubled. He was redistricted into heavily Republican Walworth, Waukesha, and Racine counties. It was done totally contrary to how the population was/is distributed. It was a partisan power grab that insures he will keep his seat as long as he wants... His home county ( Rock) Is a heavy Blue county with a large population. But it has been effectively neutralize by the redistricting.
Your guess is as good as mine as to why these constituents in other counties still vote so heavily for Republicans? Baffling?!?
The Republican controlled state senate and assembly under the leadership of the Koch- Whore Scott Walker have succeeded to slice and dice... And then recombine the states districts totally in their favor. You should see the before and after maps... It now looks more bizarre than a jigsaw puzzle!! It should be criminal..

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Howard Laverne ... 5 years 18 weeks ago

Election Fraud
What's the point in the UN monitoring Elections if the UN is not pursuing Prosecution of Violaters.

The Republicans are undermining Democracy as much if not more than the Russians.

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Dianereynolds 5 years 18 weeks ago

@#10 HotCoffee,

Tulsi Gabbard would be a very interesting candidate. A young attractive woman with military experience and balls. She has way too positives and would piss off all the leftie/socialists.

Put me down for a front row seat in a debate with Nikki Haley and Tulsi Gabbard.

For that matter, put them both on the same ticket and drive both the leftie/socialists and tea party into a flippin' frenzy.

Apparently Melania has the correct shoes on today so life is unbearable for the so often quoted Washington Post and NYT bird cage liners.

Oh well, there is always tomorrow for them to create more engineered drama.

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HotCoffee 5 years 18 weeks ago


That is perfect...LOL Great idea.

Also someone give Pelosi a mirror she seems to have forgotten shes white...what nasty pandering...there is not much chance of California becomming white and she damm well knows it. She also knows California is not trying to become " White again". She also knows that it's not whites screamming in her face every time she opens her mouth.

Actually my experience with the public in Ca. working with people from everywhere (literally) people were getting along with each other just fine until CNN started stiring the pot. Also people in my area are still getting along fine and working together.

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Hephaestus 5 years 18 weeks ago

What is it in America about skin?

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Hephaestus 5 years 18 weeks ago

Oh! Sorry! And its color

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Hephaestus 5 years 18 weeks ago

Back to subject

These men are simply shills for greed and the power of influence having forgotten for whom they were voted in and why they are really in their post

They are greedy, self interested and have no integrity

Bet they go to pray every Sunday though

And, they might kneel down... likely in fear and guilt

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changeX 5 years 18 weeks ago

Maybe we need a co-op Internet Service Provider as well as a pubic option ISP. I bought a Whopper this weekend.

People relentlessly try to pursued others with their boisterous opinionated views in order for their proverbial "pig" to fly. It is these individuals that love plain old socialism so much they need to create diversion re-labeling it as leftie to distract from the real socialism that they must protect. If only the word socialist were used we would immediately identify it with welfare queen corporate socialism, welfare and entitlements for the rich socialism which seem here to stay and never discussed by these bloggers.

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