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>>Obama’s media to to provide “open government and civic engagement.” Oh, and also help the public discern what is and is not news.

Posted on: October 28, 2009

UPDATE:  March 19, 2010

The FTC on Steroids: Will the ‘National Nanny’ Take Over the Internet and the New Information Economy?

Posted by Jim Harper

Writing on the TechLiberationFront blog, Berin Szoka warns of the extensive Internet regulation that could come with huge grants of authority to the Federal Trade Commission in H.R. 4173, the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.”

Congress is about to reinvent the FTC as the “National Nanny” it was well on its way to becoming back in the 1970s.  Today, the FTC is not merely the general overseer of our economy, but the key regulator of the Internet.  If the Senate passes Rep. Frank’s bill with its so-called “improvements” to the FTC Act, future generations will look back and wonder why, without even taking the time to consider what it was doing, Congress radically transformed Internet governance as an afterthought to financial regulatory overhaul.

The Obama administration and his communist inspired FCC  czar Mark Lloyd have all kinds of plans to take over the media including the Internet.   I am only surprised its taking them this long to get around to it because usually the media  and all means of getting information to the public is the first thing a tyrant wants to control.  If anything defeats the health care reform bill it will be the Internet.   If anything saves the nation from Obama it will be the Internet.   FOXNEWS is the only news station proving even a semblance of the truth to the public but if not for the Internet and bloggers commenting about FOXNEWS it would not have gained the natiuonal recognition that it has.

Like all their ‘changes” they have given this planned take over a benevolent purpose:

(The Obama administration)  implementing a national “broadband plan” to redefine the media and transform America’s system of government. It’s designed, they say, to provide “open government and civic engagement.” But it looks increasingly like an excuse for the federal government to control the Internet and access to information and even tell us what is truth.

Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute recently explained at a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “National Broadband Plan Workshop” that it is necessary to have “a common space with shared facts.” Armed with $7.2 billion of “stimulus” money, the federal government is going to provide this. It looks like various progressive groups are lining up at the public trough for their share of the loot. They have in mind what the George Soros-funded Free Press calls “an alternative media infrastructure.”

“What we really need in this country,” Lloyd says, “is… a competitive alternative to commercial broadcasting” that would be supported by the public and “fully financed.”

It sounds suspiciously like the “new public square” is the “public option” for the media. But so far there seems to be little debate or even discussion over what they have in store for us, and how they have already obtained $7.2 billion for this extreme makeover not only of our media but our system of government.

More good news on this topic:  Net Discrimination

n October 22nd, the FCC voted on a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding open internet practices. According to Commissioner McDowell, the premise behind the new rules-as outlined by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski-is that the “internet is broken and government must fix it.” This draft, said McDowell, focuses on “adding a non-discrimination requirement to the four net neutrality principles that came out in the summer of 2005,” emphasizing the fact that, as of yet, the requirements have been uncodified principles, not regulations.

The FCC, additionally, is supposed to present a national broadband plan to Congress on February 17th, 2010, a plan which McDowell admits is not nearly formed. This new broadband plan could cost anywhere from $20 billion to $150 billion, he said. “We may present this plan to Congress, whatever it is going to look like, with a big price tag on it to be funded by the private sector, and the private sector does not show up.”

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