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Monday, November 19, 2012

For Obama, Control of the Internet is in the Cards

President Barack Obama pulled it off - he won reelection. He did this despite the fake unemployment rate being above 8%throughout his first term. The real unemployment rate was 14.7%when people went to the polls, and it was oh so much universally worse than just that.

All of this added up to a fairly terrible economy - and somehow a squeaker election win. Can President Obama now take this terrible-ness - and make it worse? Yes, He Can.

The Tech sector is now 1/6th of the economy - and a serious victim of President Obama first term. He illegally imposed price controls on the wireless Internet. Before that, heillegally imposed Network Neutrality. The result?

Tech (sector) layoffs hit 3-year high in first half of 2012; 260% more than first half 2011.

The Net Neutrality power grab will most likely be thrown out early next year by the DC Circuit Court. Will this chasten President Obama? No - there’s an even worse way for him to skin the Internet cat.

The President’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has zero authority to regulate the Internet - because the Internet exists in law at the FCC under Title I. Meaning the Commission can’t touch it.

So what does President Obama have waiting in the wings for when his Net Neutrality power grab is thrown out?

FCC Boss...May Push for Title II ISP Reclassification if Rules Overturned

Meaning - again, without any legal authority whatsoever - President Obama will move the Internet from Title I to Title II. Title II is how the FCC over-regulates landline telephone lines - you know, that bastion of innovation lo these last seventy-plus years. Title II opens up the Pandora’s Box of uber-regulation of the Internet. But wait - there’s more.

Under Title II, President Obama can also begin to tax the Internet


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