Blessing, Curse or just another form of Government Control
A few days ago I was provided an article telling me the U.S. FCC (United States Federal Communications Commission) is again proposing a concept called Net Network Neutrality.
This is not the first time FCC is proposing this concept. And though they already failed in 2000 as well as in 2005, the current administration under B.H. Obama now is determined and hopeful to succeed this time. The reason will be shown later on in this blog.
Truth of the matter is that this concept has been attempted to be installed in Canada in 200 and is also nothing really new in the United States. The first official attempt to establish “Net Network Neutrality” through FCC has taken place in 2005. Another attempt was made in 2008. So this concept is nothing new to us and has been subject to fierce debate since.
Originally developed by Robert Elliot “Bob” Kahn while working on Satellite Net protocols, modern day internet has become a lot more than a network or data highway for Governments, Companies and Private people. Throughout the past few years the Internet has become the primary source in exchange of Information and competition to well established newspapers, magazines and TV Stations. Larger and innovative thinking representatives of the established Media, who have recognized the signs on time have survived while others not. A lot of long existing, and well established media as well as smaller once have been overrun by the speed the internet has conquered the information sector due to the fact that more and more customers and reader gain their information on the Internet. One of the reasons is that citizens and customers like the fact that on the internet they can post their opinion as well as exchange discussions with others right at the moment. While print media and TV Stations tend to filter customer reaction before publishing to assure that only the opinion favoring the Corporate Policy and therefore the propagated mainstream is the internet free of that and people of many different points of few can state their opinion. The internet makes it almost impossible to filter disliked comments. No TV Station, Magazine, Newspaper or any other information service can pass by the Internet these days. Exclusive online Magazines, Newspapers, Blogs and other online information services have more hits (so called clicks) per day than all the print media in the U.S. combined sells printed newspapers.
The result is that the modern day internet is definitely to be considered part of the Media.
What is network Neutrality?
Network Neutrality (also net neutrality, Internet neutrality) as a principal proposed early 2000 for residential broadband networks and potentially for all networks. A neutral broadband network is one that is free of restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the kind of equipment that may be attached, on the modes of communication allowed as well as one where communication is not unreasonable degraded by other communication streams.
The principle states that a given user pays for a certain level of internet access, and another user pays for a given level of access, that the two users should be able to connect to each other at that given rate of access. Though the term did not enter popular use until several years later, since the early 2000s advocates of net neutrality and associated rules have raised concerns about the ability of broadband providers to use their last mile infrastructure to block internet applications and content (e.g. websites, services, protocols), particularly those of competitors. In the U.S. particularly, but elsewhere as well the possibility of regulations designed to mandate the neutrality of the internet has been subject to fierce debate. And that has a reason, because like everything else the socialist propose the theory sounds great but the devil is in the detail.
One is that what Network neutrality advocates describe is simply called Private corporate competition and well needed to improve on a daily base because only the best makes the majority of business.
Different Provider offer different services based on price packages who determine the very same service. Different providers compete by offering tools they feel best and hope that customer accept this service, because they know a disappointed customer will change service if he is not satisfied. Also it is not acceptable that in a free world where the hard working earns rightfully more and therefore can afford better service while the one working less does not, all users have the same service. Why should people who pay less or nothing have the same service as customers who pay the full price. The scope of service is determined by the price package.
As far as communication within the providers goes, that is free anyway. Truth of the matter is that in the past few years major competitors fight for customers with more and freer and every day cheaper service such as Yahoo within Yahoo, MSN within MSN, ICQ within ICQ, Skype within Skype and so forth. Meanwhile there are websites that offer free of charge to connect online communication services and finance this service through web links and commercials. And major Online services such as Google, Yahoo etc. have agreements on combined communications. Blogs and other Websites can be shared easy and simply by using one of many free online services. So called “share” buttons offering a variety of connected services. I am using them on my blogs myself as well as on all my social networks worldwide. Worst case scenario is the web commercials I have to deal with but that is part of the free economy. And as far as email service, that is an open data highway anyway and I have never experienced any blocks or denials. Worst case was a file was too big or service overloaded. That happens from time to time.
So why change a good system? Why would or should the Federal Government get involved and take over the world’s largest media service other than to gain total control of that very same in order to observe, control and suppress the information exchange. To control its citizens and observe them to make sure they can track down opposition and take proper measures to shut them down.
Julius Genachowski – Chairman of the FCC explains in his Video Blog on the FCC Website that the Internet is the largest Platform because “it has always been free and open”. When it has always been free and open why does the federal Government feel the need to get involved in order to open the internet – does that not sound like a contradiction in itself? Another important question is why the rush, why now, why the hurry to push this proposal, gaining control over the internet, through?
He also talks about customer’s confusion if providers shut down or vanish or if there are problems in the internet. Since when is a federal commission involved in customer service complaints? For those complaints is either the customer service of the provider responsible or in case of bankruptcy and lack of contact the customer’s lawyer or consumer protection service and not a federal Government. I have called the FCC a few years back when I had troubles with my provider and all they gave me was local consumer protections numbers and the advice to call a lawyer – Thanks I knew that myself. And in case of an Internet crime, Identity theft or internet sex crime you can either call the FBI or any local Law enforcement. Almost all State law enforcements in the US run meanwhile an internet crime department.
What really impressed me is the spin doctor the FCC runs. They are using the system of directly addressing the fear of the opposition in order to talk it out of the way by blindfolding citizens. In this case the fear of the citizen’s central authorities could restrict free speech and restrict consumer protection. That was a smart move. He is counting on that customers will stop listening to the opposition because the chairman has already mentioned authority misuse will not happen. Nice try Julius – but now try again. Because that is exactly the danger on a governmental controlled alleged neutral internet.
And I intend to proof to you here why. The entire jumpstart of the Network Neutrality under government control is exclusive on the background on a surveillance society, the control over the Media and elimination of opposition and Constitution.
Another question and main factor not to forget is the timing of this jumpstart and the speed and rush of Obama and his Czars to pass this law.
One more interesting aspect not to forget is that the founder and developer of the Internet Bob Kahn is a strong opposer of the principal of Internet neutrality. In Mr. Kahn’s mind a governmental involvement through Internet neutrality is interference in private corporate competition, the free market and diversity of offering companies.
Control and surveillance
Basically I welcome any governmental involvement due to protect the citizens and especially the children and youth, who are the majority of internet users.
Internet pornography, Child pornography and the distribution of those have to be stopped. Children and youth are the most endangered groups among all internet users. Social networks such as MySpace, face book and so on are often the basic source for pedophiles and rapists. And when the internet is on one side a blessing because of the possibility to identify and track down those perverts fast and uncomplicated and warn like minded endangered it also is a curse because it also is the prime source for those perverts to fish for victims.
It is a well known fact that everything good invented for mankind will be abused right away by the very same.
If FCC would propose any given law to assist law enforcement of all kind to prevent those crimes and protect citizens, of course under the strict preference of the constitution given to us by the founding fathers, controlled and observed by independent judges I would definitely and 100% support any of this proposals. But that is unfortunately not the case here.
Free Media/Press – freedom of Speech
Throughout the past centuries the Media, inclusive the internet have become more and more one of the most powerful factors in the free world. Whoever controls the media controls the citizens and therefore the country.
It was the media discovering Watergate and who’s medial campaigning lead to the impeachment of Richard Nixon.
Nearby every political scandal, nearby every scandal period, throughout the past years all over the world has been discovered by the media first, spread with highest speed through the internet and after publishing been investigated by law enforcement. Cover ups are almost impossible.
Governments like the DDR or the former UDSSR have been brought to fall with assistance of the media.
Washington Post, NY Times and others provide me 4 to 5 times per day with news updates. There is not faster information service than the internet.
Thanks to the Internet for the first time in history a dictator like the Iranian President Achmedinejad was unable to cover up his election fraud.
Even throughout history it shows proof that all kinds of dictators and totalitarian systems knew very well that in order to control the people they have to control the media. The Nazis, the socialist republic of the Soviet Union, the Peoples Republic of China, north Korea – all those totalitarian systems control first and foremost the Media. Using NLP Propaganda (Neuron Linguistic Programming) they sell their propaganda and keep the citizens on one side uniformed by filtering news on the other side suggest to the citizens that the governmental doctrine to their own believe. – Modern Day Indoctrination.
European Governments, well known as Obama’s role models, work based on the same principals. Almost every European country runs a TV and radio Station under public law. And after every election the political party in power takes control over this station in order to propagandize their political doctrine. Another reason to maintain those stations is to be able to propose filtered news on laws and tell the people only what the politicians in power wants them to know.
The republic of Austria even goes so far that the Austrian Broadcast TV and Radio is in the committee issuing licenses and government aid for private TV Stations and can on that way boycott any private TV and radio as they feel fit.
Remaining Private Media (TV, Radio and Print) are controlled through the backdoor. Almost every private corporation is depending on Bank credits in order to run business. The private banks depend on the government and Federal Reserve banks to secure the given Credits and loans. Especially since the economic crisis 2008/2009 (Read my next Blog – the real reason about the financial crisis – so stay tuned). As a result, the bank granting a loan to a private corporate media demands a seat on the corporate board of directors, and the bank representative is a governmental lobbyist affiliated with the leading political party. In that way the party in power can control the mainstream media and their publications.
The European Union has also already gained control over the Internet. According to EU directory almost every European country and their law enforcement units have the right to plant so called Trojan Spy software in private computers to observe internet activities of the citizens. They are allowed to do that without court order or warrant, solemnly based on suspicion and without any control. Of course, officially, only to prevent crime – but who is controlling this? After a suspicion becomes proof they have to inform the court and prosecutor to get permission to officially investigate. As a matter of fact the republic of Austria has a major scandal right at this moment where Police officers spied on behalf of friendly political parties on the opposition and affiliated civilians without court order. This is at the moment subject to a committee hearing in the Austrian Parliament.
And again let’s not forget that exactly those European countries are under socialist control or socialist participation throughout the past 60 years. Since then the Socialist either reign there exclusive or at least sit in the government as junior partner. And those are Obama’s role models.
Obama himself used the internet through Facebook, Youtube and Twitter to spread his political agenda during election.
And now that the oposition is using the very same media (Internet) against him to show the wolrd the truth about Obama he is trying to shut the internet down by gaining control over it.
It is because of the Internet that Obama cannot rule over the heads of the citizens and continuously hide and deny proof of his place of birth.
Thanks to the internet Obama does not get away with his health reform lies because more and more citizens are informed. And though he does everything to orchestra properly his town hall meetings and cut out opposition thanks to the internet he is unable to conceal the protests and though his affiliated friendly stations avoid coverage the internet platforms do cover every protest.
Though the mainstream media and Obama friendly TV Stations has not covered the Tea Party meeting in Washington D.C. with 2 Million participants throughout the country, citizens were informed because of the internet and there was no way for CNN, ABC and other Obama stations to cover up that great gathering and deny the existence.
Thanks to the internet people worldwide are informed about everything in no time.
And there we come exactly to the point: What do you think why in modern day military strategy shutting down the media is one of the prime targets and has top priority. In every revolution in near-, middle-and Far East as well as South America and Africa rebels attack next to military targets the media first. That’s because the media is the most powerful weapon to transmit propaganda.
Whoever controls the Media/Internet – Controls the Citizens
In the case of the government controlled Internet Neutrality is the basics not the direct control of the citizens but rather the surveillance, indoctrination of socialism, government propaganda and identification of opposition.
In my introduction I promised to clarify why Obama is so badly in need of a governmental controlled Internet Neutrality and why he needs the very same urgent. Well because of the reason stated in my previous paragraph.
Citizens call for his proof of American birth and Birth certificate is getting louder and louder.
As soon as his so called Health reform Bill became public citizens started protesting and no matter what actions Obama set the protests kept on coming. His attempt to install an email address on the White house website where citizens can report other citizens opposing Obama’s health reform failed on pressure of the same. And he had to delete this email dress from his server.
Long story short – Obama’s star is falling and he is the first president who managed to have his approval rate dropping by 2 third in the first nine month. Time is essential for him and Obama must gain control over the Media before midterm election in 2010. If not the opposition will re-conquer the house and Senate and Obama’s power is broken. He also is determined to full fill the promises to those who paid for his election – his czars. So what is a better way to get all this done and stop opposition than gaining control over the most dangerous media?
By gaining control over the Internet Obama becomes access to all necessary data in order to eliminate opposition. Through IP addresses he becomes insight in all movements of his opponents as well as all necessary information’s he needs. And let’s be honest: no matter if it is bank business, transferring of personal information through Email, shopping or simply booking flights pretty much everything these days will be done through the internet. Your health insurance company is in urgent need of some paperwork – no problem, scan it, save it as pdf file and send it via email to the company. And Obama and his Czars keep reading. I make my tax return since 10 years over the internet. No matter what you do, under government controlled Network neutrality the government has access to all your data’s and surveying its citizens is as easy as ordering coffee in star bucks and they can do so as they feel fit.
The FCC is not an independent Agency but bound by instructions, bound by instructions to Obama and Nancy Pelosi. What would hinder the FCC, on order of the White house and the democrats, to spy on the citizens as they please and feel fit and collect data of the political thinking, shopping habits and other personal living conditions of the American Citizens as soon as they gain total control over the internet – Absolute nothing at all.
I support 100% every attempt of the any given Government no matter of the political side or party that is determined to protect the citizens. We are in desperate need of those laws because criminals have the tendency to be always one step ahead of law enforcement. And internet crime, identity theft, and sexual perversion are increasing on the internet. Most of those are originated in Europe where the political mainstream is a lot more liberal (something the democrats wish for the U.S. as well). We are in desperate need of Laws who determine the competencies of Law Enforcements in fighting those Internet crimes and how to prosecute those. But those are Laws and it is the duty of the FCC to assist Law enforcement by fighting those crimes. It is definitely not job of the FCC to be the information collecting pool for the government. I do not want to feel like the Germans under the Nazis – I do not want to be scared of what I say or not say on the internet.
No Government has the right to survey my private life. If they have questions they can ask or get a court search warrant other than that:
STAY OUT OF MY LIFE – STAY OUT OF MY FREEDOM OF SPEACH
STAY OUT OF MY PRIVATE LIFE – HANDS OFF MY HOME
HANDS OF MY HEALTH – HANDS OFF MY MONEY AND DEFINETLY
HANDS OFF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION
Author & Copyright:
Tom C. Lehner – Spofford, Texas
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