Why the FCC's Net Neutrality Is Bad

There are two reasons why the FCC's net neutrality rules are horribly, horribly wrong.

 

1. REGULATION

This is the first instance that the federal government has begun to regulate the companies that provide internet. In the late 90s, federal regulation was estimated to cost each household and extra $7000 a year. Forcing internet providers will certainly not decrease prices as they are forced to comply. 

 

2. PRECEDENT

Although the government's intent may be benign, even helpful; these regulations set the dangerous precedent of using federal power to control and industry, even though right now it is to keep it free and open. This will eventually lead to the further clamping down on internet usage and consumption as the government sees fit. The ends never justify the means, and the means point to a future government control of the internet.

 

Congress had a chance to let the internet providers come to a freely agreed upon set of neutrality rules, but instead, they failed to use their constitutional authority to control federal agencies run amuck.

Furthermore, I realize that the FCC now regulates merely the access of the internet, not the content. However, the control of the content is not necessary if one controls the access. I guarantee that the control of content is not far behind because our government has a history of growing bigger, not smaller.