At least that’s what Conservatives are claiming. The truth is far less sexy.
The FCC enacted new regulations to protect you, the consumer, the average internet user, from discrimination by the telecom-cable companies.
The regulations prevent service providers from blocking rival services, or dividing traffic to sites in to slow and fast lanes, which would give priority to certain [large corporations] providers of web content. In other words, the regulations seek to ensure that you have equal access to all legal content on the web.
But, according to Conservatives, these regulations enacted in order to protect consumers, constitute a nationalization of the internet, or, or, worse…….
I suppose it's possible that these Republicans are just deeply confused, have absolutely no idea what net neutrality is, and are spewing nonsense just to rile up right-wing activists. It's also possible these Republicans know the truth, but are shamelessly lying as part of a larger campaign to scare unsuspecting conservatives about a "big government" bogeyman.
But it's worth appreciating the fact that the rhetoric from prominent GOP voices really is unhinged. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) insisted that "unelected, unaccountable Democrat [sic] FCC commissioners are taking over the Internet." Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the policy "another government takeover." Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) told a national television audience yesterday, "[W]e're starting to see the FCC say, 'You have to come to us to get permission to manage your own website.'"
The incoming chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), has even vowed extensive hearings, in the hopes of using "every resource available" to halt the new regulations.
This is a classic case of the Republican position having absolutely no relation to reality at any level. It's just crazy. These folks are either lying or ignorant -- those are the only two options. The irony is, the whole point of net neutrality is to protect consumers from the very restrictions Republicans are whining about. The far-right rhetoric isn't just wrong; it's the opposite of the truth.