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'Net neutrality': The threat behind it

| Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

There's no doubt that the Federal Communications Commission's adoption of "net neutrality" rules to govern the Internet is another one of those proverbial "solutions" in search of a problem that will only fetter technological advancement and investment therein.

But there's a far more troubling aspect to this latest foray into what's effectively the government's nationalization of the Internet. It's the intellectual underpinnings of the philosophy that led to this moment. And use of the word "intellectual" is being charitable.

As The Wall Street Journal's John Fund notes, "net neutrality" is the brainchild of University of Illinois communications professor Robert McChesney, a self-proclaimed socialist who told Mr. Fund he's "hesitant to say I'm not a Marxist."

Mr. McChesney's overriding goal is to "get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and divest them from any control." How• Through "a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself."

And it is acolytes of McChesney's liberal lobbying group, Free Press (funded heavily by leftist foundations), who have wheedled their way into the FCC.

There is, however, some good news. The courts are sure to bounce "net neutrality." One already has ruled that the FCC has no such power. And if not the courts, the 112th Congress appears ready to act.

But that the socialist/Marxist crowd has gained such sway in Washington is a dire threat to American liberty that must be repelled.

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