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Dick Armey, former House Majority Leader, takes aim at "Net neutrality"
News article on House subcommittee vote:
Armey's earlier essay:
Stop Kelo-style Approach to Telecom Reform -- Vote Expected This Week!
FreedomWorks has learned that the House Energy and Commerce Committee is
moving forward with telecom reform legislation. But while the latest
draft bill does take some encouraging steps in the right direction,
there is something now in the bill called "net neutrality" that should
alarm true free-market conservatives.
The proponents of net neutrality have some very nice sound bites and
flowery talking points that would lead you to believe that it?s about
keeping the Internet free?I assure you nothing could be further from the
What net neutrality really does is allow the government to run all over
basic property rights in classic, Kelo fashion. It expands regulation in
the telecommunications arena and allows the government to dictate to
businesses how they offer service. For example, a cable or a phone
company offering Internet service may seek to offer higher capacity or
secure services commercially to Internet content companies over the
networks the cable or phone company has built and owns. This is fair and
well within the company's rights to run its business how it sees fit.
And it provides more choices for consumers. The government has no more
right to tell a cable or phone company how to manage the pipes that
offer their clients Internet service than they do to tell Wal-Mart how
to stock their lawn and garden department!
Nevertheless, if the latest draft legislation remains unchanged, net
neutrality will become a fixture of any telecom reform to come out of
Congress this year.
As conservatives that value the fundamental rights to private property
envisioned by the Founding Fathers, we can?t allow Congress to take us
further down the "Kelo Road." Use FreedomWorks' automatic email system
to send an urgent message to those in the U.S. House of Representatives
that can most directly influence this debate and stop net neutrality
provisions from moving forward.
While the actual drafting of this legislation is still in the works, you
can take action and help influence its outcome. And as a vote is
expected this week, it's critical that these legislators hear from you NOW!
Click here to TAKE ACTION!
Posted by Declan McCullagh on Apr 05, 2006
in category economics
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