Scary, but also NONE OF THE FCC’S BUSINESS. I get that the Obama administration thinks that they can say/do whatever they like, but I got news for you guys – I have First Amendment rights.
Tamping down on the conservative base will only make us mad, and rust me when I say that isn’t a group of people you want to upset. We happen to know our Second Amendment rights, too:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to “net neutrality” regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family.
Speaking on a panel at the annual “Right Online” conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Pai told audience members, “I can tell you it has not been an easy couple of months personally. My address has been publicly released. My wife’s name, my kids’ names, my kids’ birthdays, my phone number, all kinds of threats [have come]online.”
Pai, one of two Republicans on the five-member FCC, has been an outspoken critic of net neutrality regulations passed by the agency on Feb. 26. The rules, which are set to take effect on June 12, reclassify Internet providers as utilities and command them not to block or “throttle” online traffic.
However, Pai said it was only the beginning. In the future, he said, “I could easily see this migrating over to the direction of content… What you’re seeing now is an impulse not just to regulate the roads over which traffic goes, but the traffic itself.”
Continuing, he said, “It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that.’”
Commissioner Ajit Pai Tells Larry King FCC Chairman is Misleading Public with New Internet Legislation
The Commissioner appeared on Larry King’s Politicking show to discuss the 332 page document full of new proposed regulations. Pai is the only Republican on the FCC and surprisingly the only one on Twitter.
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