Can you believe it? Our free, unfettered Internet is back to the “good old days” of basic black phones with rates so high only the wealthy called long-distance, when Ma Bell was regulated as a public utility by the FCC under the Communications Act of 1934.

Welcome to President Obama’s idea of fairness for the U.S. Internet. The FCC, which was supposedly an “independent” agency before Chairman Tom Wheeler was bullied into accepting the plan announced by President Obama in November that had been cooked up in secret by White House aides. The Commission on February 26 ruled that the Internet will now be regulated as a public utility. The Section of the 1934 Act being applied to the Internet contains 1000 regulations, and the FCC ruling is more than 300 pages long. Even though we don’t yet know the details (the ruling is still under wraps as this is written), Chairman Wheeler promises to “forbear” certain regulations, only ruling on what is “reasonable” and “just” as decided by Administration officials. He does not have the authority to speak for the future, and something is in all those pages of regulations. Washington lobbyists and lawyers will have a feast.

Many arrogant young tech bloggers, who don’t even own a landline, write in support of the ruling, calling it “Historic Legislation.” Historic it is; Legislation it is NOT, which anyone who understands how our government works knows! This action is nothing more than a power grab by President Obama. China, Russia, and other dictatorial regimes are thrilled that the United States has turned our Internet over to government control and potentially to International Control through the United Nations. They already have proposed an “international code of conduct for information security” at the U.N. that would authorize Internet censorship.

In his Monday, February 23, 2015, column in the Wall Street Journal, L. Gordon Crovitz
wrote as follows:

“Utility regulation was designed to maintain the status quo, and it succeeds. This is why the railroads, Ma Bell, and the local water monopoly were never known for innovation. The Internet was different because its technologies, business models, and creativity were permissionless.”

So my friends, say good-bye to permissionless, creative innovation and free and open access to any and all ideas, businesses, eager investors, new apps, Web sites, mobile devices, etc. The young people and tech companies who cheered this surrender to bureaucratic stagnation will rue the day they lost control of our Internet, along with the rest of us.