What is net neutrality? Yet another way the government is controlling our lives under the guise of safety. Christie-Lee McNally of FreeOurInternet.org joined “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about why Obama-era regulations are slowly ending internet expansion and endangering our freedom and how the vote taken by the FCC last Friday to begin rolling back those regulations is a very positive first step.
The internet has been able to thrive thanks to very little government interference, causing American business to boom and providing countless opportunities for companies, entrepreneurs and workers. But what happens when the government starts taking control?
McNally explained why changes during the Obama administration mean more regulations and less freedom. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose so-called net neutrality, which is intended to give all internet users an equal opportunity to stream or view content. The internet was formerly designated an information service, but the FCC’s vote meant that internet service providers became telecom services, which can be treated more like public utilities.
In practice, imposing regulations adds needless red tape and makes it more difficult for the internet to expand. “Everything has slowed down over the past few years because they don’t want to have to spend the money to go through all of those regulations,” McNally said.