The Internet Association (IA) is throwing its support behind a bill that would bring back freedom killing net neutrality laws.

“Strong net neutrality rules are necessitated by, among other factors, the lack of competition in the broadband service market,” Michael Beckerman, the group’s CEO, wrote. “More than half of all Americans have no choice in their provider, and 87 percent of rural Americans have no choice” he wrote.

Lefties care about ‘rural Americans’ choices? Those rural Americans are Obama’s ‘bitter clingers’ who live in ‘flyover country’ and were the driving force that put Donald Trump in the White House.

And government oversight of internet companies is the reason that there is a “lack of competition in the broadband service market.” Government doesn’t promote innovation; it promotes tax generation. Less regulation spurs competition and innovation.

The group sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)  Thursday arguing that the FCC rules should be reinstated.

IA is backed by Google, Microsoft, Paypal, Ebay, and Amazon among others. The group launched plans in January to appeal the FCC’s move to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules.

IA is just another liberal group that supports government takeover of industry.

“The current Order should not stand, and IA supports all efforts—including comprehensive bipartisan legislation—to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections at the federal level,” said Beckerman.

In the wake of the decision last December to kill net neutrality laws there have been many ‘the-sky-is-falling’ predictions.

Craig Aaron of the pro-regulation group Free Press argued that exclusive deals among providers “could become the norm, with AT&T exclusively bringing you Netflix, while Time Warner Cable is the sole source for YouTube.”

Michael Weinberg of the advocacy group Public Knowledge similarly cites a parade of horribles, including degraded service, higher costs, and less innovation, due to higher fees and restricted choices.

There have been similar predictions by big-tech corporations for years. None have come true. Why? Internet companies, like most who are in it to make a profit, are more interested in growing their business, not driving it away.

 

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