Our Opinion: FCC’s actions seek to ruin free Internet

The “Open Internet Order” was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)Thursday by 3-2 vote, allowing the FCC to implement regulations affecting net neutrality in America.

The claimed purpose of the new regultions is to restrict Internet service providers’ (ISP) abilty to control download speeds and block lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content.

In a press release sent out after the vote, the FCC stated, “These new rules are guided by three prinicples: America’s broadband networks must be fast, fair and open, principles shared by the overwhelming majority of the nearly four million commenters who participated in the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding.”

While this may seem like a good thing on the surface — preventing the content of various internet companies from being stifled by spiteful ISPs — these new regulations have effectively reclassified broadband Internet as a “public utility,” a term the FCC aslo uses to classify telecom companies.

Ultimately, as many critics agree, the FCC’s regulations have amounted to the first step in a government invasion of the free Internet. Sure, its motives seem well-intentioned, but the need for the FCC’s intervention has been deemed nearly nonexsistant.

As reported by Ajit Pai, one of the five commisioners of the FCC, a survey conducted by Hart Research Associates earlier this month found that 56 percent of Americans polled do not believe the government should take any stronger or more active role in overseeing and regulating the Internet. In fact, the survey showed that only 33 percent of Americans polled favored government action.

Additionally, the survey found that the majority of those polled believed the FCC should have made the plan available to the public before its vote.