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The Internet – Is an Amazing Less Government Success Story

Monday, February 27, 2017 8:11
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Nothing in the history of humanity has grown bigger, faster or
better – than the World Wide Web.  In just about a quarter
century, it has become an economic and political force of nigh
immeasurable impact.

The Internet is a magnificent, unparalleled private sector
success story.  Yes, the Left reflexively and rightly "nofollow" href=
"http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Internet"
target="_blank">states
that the earliest, nascent Web steps
were taken by the government – in the 1950s and 1960s.  But
there it sat, as a tiny little undeveloped lump – for a quarter
century.

Then the magic happened.  In the United States in the
1990s, the Republican Congress and the Democrat Bill Clinton
Administration – up to and including the Administration’s Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) – privatized the Internet.

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This is the Internet’s Big Bang.  But it isn’t a "nofollow" target="_blank" href="/r2/?url=http://www.space.com/25126-big-bang-theory.html"
target="_blank">theory
– it is demonstrable fact.  The Web
in government hands sat idle for more than two decades.  Once
the Web was handed to the private sector – the revolution
happened.

In the U.S. – thanks to our privatization – it has become a
$1-trillion-per-year free-speech-free-market-Xanadu.  And its
unleash has dramatically improved the lives of literally billions
of people on our planet.

But the Internet has served as a Big Government "nofollow" href=
"http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rorschach_test"
target="_blank">Rorschach test
.  The more overreaching
governments are – the less they like the unbridled freedom of the
Web.  And the more they look to rein it in.

The global examples of myriad Big Government assaults on
Internet freedom – are myriad.  "http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/world/asia/freedom-house-report-china-internet-freedom.html?_r=0"
target="_blank">China
"http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2013/08/15/heres-how-iran-censors-the-internet/?utm_term=.d95111f15f62"
target="_blank">Iran
"http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://www.le-vpn.com/saudi-arabia-tajikistan/"
target="_blank">Saudi Arabia
"http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_Syria"
target="_blank">Syria
"http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://qz.com/838908/internet-freedom-in-ethiopia-is-the-fourth-worst-in-the-world-after-iran-syria-and-china/"
target="_blank">Ethiopia
.  And on, "http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://freedomhouse.org/article/new-report-governments-grow-increasingly-repressive-online-activists-fight-back"
target="_blank">and on, and
….

Again, the Internet’s history: Twenty-five years of Big
Government control – and total Web inertia.  Then: Twenty-five
years of privatization and Less Government – and
mind-blowingly-explosive Internet expansion.  Except where
government has tried to remain Big and in the way.

The Barack Obama Administration inherited this quarter-century
of Less Government success – and decided to in omni-directional
fashion ramp up the Big Government.  And the biggest Big
Government power grab of all – was the Obama FCC’s 2015
reclassification of the Web.

“Reclassification” is a DC term – which in this instance
translates into English as “much more Big Government.”  What
happened was: The FCC ignored the Internet’s titanic Less
Government success story – and unilaterally changed the Web’s
regulatory classification.

Gone was the very-light-regulation “Information Service”
classification.  Superimposed was the uber-regulatory
“Communications Service” classification.  “Communications
Service” law dates back to 1934 monopoly communications law – and
further still to 1887 monopoly railroad law.  Both of those
ancient regimes cause the mind to immediately leap to the 21st
Century Internet, do they not?

The Obama Administration did this – to magically create all
sorts of new regulatory powers over the Internet.  First and
foremost among them – the imposition of the completely ridiculous
"http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8p0JW6Tt2o"
target="_blank">Network Neutrality
.  For all of this, the
legal standing is dubious.  The rational standing is nil.

Because in the history of the expression “If it ain’t broke –
don’t fix it” – never has it been more aptly applied than to the
private sector Internet.  The Obama Administration set alight
the Web – in order to “save” it.

In comes the Donald Trump Administration – and his (temporary –
but hopefully, eventually permanent) FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. 
Trump ran on “big league” deregulation – and now he’s
delivering.  And Chairman Pai is willing and eager to hold up
the FCC’s part of the bargain.

There were a LOT of Big Government gains under the Obama
Administration.  On the Web, the glaringly, obviously biggest
of the Big – was this reclassification.  Chairman Pai has said
he wants to take a “ "http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pai-fcc-chairman-20170123-story.html"
target="_blank">weed whacker
” to Internet regulations.  He
absolutely should.  If ethics rules allowed – I would purchase
the petroleum.

The Washington, D.C. Left – is freaking out at the prospects of
this re-re-classification.  (This freakout is suffered nigh
totally by "http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=news&id=711"
target="_blank">authoritarian-minded elected officials
and
"http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality"
target="_blank">lobbyists
.  Let us not let them "nofollow" href=
"http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/07/free-press-and-nten-con-nonprofits-into-supporting-net-neutrality/"
target="_blank">kid us
that this is "http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/95-pccc-pro-net-neutrality-democrats-all-lost-on-tuesday-and-pccc-raised-less-than-300-on-it/article/135001"
target="_blank">some sort
of national uprising – it is
not.)

To paraphrase "http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/111024-those-who-don-t-know-history-are-doomed-to-repeat-it"
target="_blank">Edmund Burke
: Those who don’t know history –
are doomed to look really, really foolish.  These Leftists are
pretending that this re-re-classification – is the end of the Web
as we know it.

But it really isn’t.  Again, the Internet was classified as
an “Information Service” in the 1990s – after which the Web’s
inconceivable expansion took place.  And the Web was thus
classified – until 2015.  To ignore more than two decades of
history – so as to freak out about less than two years’ worth – is
really, really foolish.

Oh: And when Big Government Obama reclassified the Internet –
"http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/pai-title-ii-has-depressed-broadband-investment/144017"
target="_blank">Internet investment dropped precipitously
.

Because as government expands – the private sector
contracts.  And, of course, conversely, as government
contracts – the private sector expands.

Nothing teaches us this better – than the history of the
Internet.

Trump and Pai know this.  So do we.  Let us ignore the
DC freakout Leftists who do not.

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