Judge Nap: Net Neutrality Rules Could Lead to Gov't Regulating Cost, Content
Judge Andrew Napolitano this afternoon weighed in on new net neutrality regulations adopted today by the FCC.
Read background from FoxNews.com:
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party-line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry.
The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan -- a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote.
On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid "fast lanes" on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash-strapped startups and smaller Internet-based businesses. Chairman Tom Wheeler said it would ensure an "open, unfettered network."
But the rules, more broadly, would put the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone by classifying it like a public utility, meaning providers like Comcast or Verizon would have to act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone.
So, will these regulations level the playing field for the “average Joe?”
Napolitano said that the government would like us to believe that. However, he explained that whenever the government regulates something, that regulated entity has to hire lawyers and internal people, and that cost is passed on to Americans.
He warned that whenever the government can regulate an entity, it will soon regulate cost and content.
Watch more above.