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Senator Blasts Net Neutrality as the Creation of a 'Department of the Internet


"The government will decide what is neutral."

Opponents of net neutrality claim broadband service providers have no plans to block content or degrade network performance, but at least one provider - Comcast - was already accused of intentionally slowing peer-to-peer communications before the net neutrality laws were put into place. The court's ruling invalidates the "internet fairness" laws the FCC implemented in recent years.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse says the term "net neutrality" is misleading, and what the Obama administration's proposal would really do is create a "department of the Internet."

"This is like the Fairness Doctrine for the Internet, where the government will decide what is neutral," Sasse said on Glenn Beck's radio program Monday. "We've never had this in the past on the Internet, and it is a dangerous place."

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R) speaks on Glenn Beck's radio program Feb. 9, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

Sasse said what FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler is doing under pressure from the Obama administration is applying "80-year-old telecommunications law to the Internet in a way that's never been done."

"For there to be a vibrant Internet echosphere, you don't want the government to sit in the way of that and determine who is legitimate, who should be privileged, who has paid the right fees to whom and who supplicated at the right bureaucratic agency," Sasse said.

The Obama administration says "an entrepreneur's fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student's blog shouldn't be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money," so companies should not be allowed to block or throttle a person's Internet access, among other mandates.

"This is a government bureaucracy in search of being an Orwellian solution for problems that don't exist," Sasse responded. "The Federal Trade Commission already has laws that would prohibit the things they say they're trying to guard against. Contact your congressman and senators and tell them that if there's a debate that should be had about the governance of the Internet, it should be had in the legislature, not in unaccountable ... permanent bureaucracies."

The senator said people can also contact the FCC and leave public comments for the next several weeks if they wish to speak out against net neutrality.

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