Recently, a group of 10 Congressmen from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, all of them Democrats, filed scathing comments in the FCC’s net neutrality proceeding to return ISPs to Title I Carrier status.
The Representatives’ comments contain hyperbolic statements and unfounded assertions, mixed with enough ifs, ands, and buts, to do any politician proud. They were filed, with righteous indignation, to express “deep concern that the FCC’s proposal…fundamentally and profoundly runs counter to the law,” and that it “performs a historical sleight of hand that impermissibly conflates this fundamental distinction” between internet service providers and services that use the network.
Even more dastardly, according to these inflammatory accusations, “It APPEARS that the President directly ordered Chairman Pai to repeal net neutrality, POTENTIALLY during a visit to the Oval Office. IF true, this proposal clearly violates our intention to create an agency independent of the executive.” (Emphasis added, but factual evidence totally missing.)
These words sound less like serious FCC comments, and more like the negative, politically motivated rhetoric which has become a cornerstone of the Democrat agenda since their 2016 presidential hopes went horribly wrong.
As we recall, it was never a problem in any sense, when the Obama White House leaned with its full weight on Tom Wheeler’s FCC to tag ISPs with the far more stringently-regulated Title II designation. Now, however, in the new Democrat universe, it is both “profoundly” and “fundamentally” illegal to change net neutrality rules back to where they were previously, and “clearly” a violation of Congressional intent for a Republican White House to make its positions known to the FCC.
How many times, early in Donald Trump’s presidency, have we seen this same kind of political double standard?
But there is one positive note here: Nowhere in this tedious screed concerning vile Republican efforts to ease net neutrality regulations, is there any claim of Russian collusion.