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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Tell Congress to Stop the FCC Internet Takeover

Phil Kerpen, Chairman, Internet Freedom Coalition: In its efforts to impose crippling net neutrality regulations on the Internet—an idea with very little support from the American public or Congress—the Obama administration turned to the FCC to simply pretend Congress has given it authority to regulate. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals emphatically smacked down that attempt in Comcast v. FCC.

But President Obama and his close friend, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, refuse to back down. Chairman Genachowski used the threat of escalating to the regulatory equivalent of a nuclear attack (reclassifying broadband Internet as an old-fashioned telephone system) to coerce industry into accepting net neutrality regulations.

Last week, the FCC published its net neutrality order in the Federal Register, stating that effective November 20 the federal government will begin regulating the Internet.
Americans didn't want this. Congress rejected it decisively -- it only had 27 sponsors last year. The courts rejected it -- they said the FCC did not have the power to do this. And voters rejected it, defeating all 95 of the candidates who campaigned on the issue. That's right a perfect zero for 95.

But, unless the Senate votes to overturn this order before it takes effect November 20, we will start down the path to a government regulated and government controlled Internet.

Under a special procedure called the Congressional Review Act, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is committed to forcing a Senate vote. Harry Reid can't keep this off the floor, and it can't be filibustered. We'll need 51 votes to succeed.

This is a key test for the U.S. Senate. Will they stand up to one of Obama's power grabs, or will they sit on their hands? And if they sit on their hands, why should voters re-elect legislators who refuse to legislate?  Again, send your email or letter to your U.S. Senators by Clicking here now to tell the Senate to STOP this outrageous power grab.
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Phil Kerpen is Vice President of Americans for Prosperity and Chairman, Internet Freedom Coalition. He is also the author of the new book Democracy Denied: How Obama is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America - and How to Stop Him and the whole history of this sordid net neutrality affair is covered in chapter 3 of his new book.

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