Verizon's response to the FCC's decision to regulate the internet using a law from 1934 is perfect
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission decided on a 3-2 party-line vote to begin regulating the internet using a law from the 1930s. The law is the Communications Act of 1934, specifically Title II, and it gives the FCC broad power to tax, censor, and disrupt the free enterprise of the internet.
Verizon responded to the news in appropriate fashion, using morse code, the form of communication that the original 1934 law would have been regulating.
Here’s the translation:
Today (Feb. 26) the Federal Communications Commissionapproved an order urged by President Obama that imposes rules on
broadband Internet services that were written in the era of the steam
locomotive and the telegraph. The following statement should be
attributed to Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president, public
policy and government affairs:
“Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services
with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time
of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors. Over the past two
decades a bipartisan, light- touch policy approach unleashed
unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband Internet age
consumers now enjoy.
“The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet hasoperated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so
successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis,
full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally
charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history
will judge today’s actions as misguided.
The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly
unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open
Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-
plus pages of broad and open- ended regulatory arcana that will have
unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the
Internet ecosystem for years to come.
“What has been and will remain constant before, during and after
the existence of any regulations is Verizon’s commitment to an open
Internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and
Internet access when, where, and how they want.”
Today, China abandoned its 35 year-old one-child policy.
Based on the now debunked threat of overpopulation that was popularized by Stanford University scholar Paul Ehrlich, the communist government subjected the Chinese people to forced sterilizations and abortions. Many new-born babies were either killed or left to die.
Today, the Chinese population suffers from a dangerous gender imbalance that favors boys over girls at a ratio of 117:100, and a demographic implosion that threatens future economic growth and prosperity.
The one-child policy is a reminder of what happens when governments are allowed to interfere in deeply personal decisions of individual citizens and their families.
Sooo last night, my friend David who is currently in Washington, D.C. to attend a political conference on annual policies held by the American Israel Public Affairs. After a while, he asked me if I wanted to hear some facts about Israel. Being polite, I said yes. And number 5 was just breathtaking to me. America needs to get it together.