An Open Letter to the Men and Women of the FCC

Chairman Julius Genachowski,

Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Meredith Attwell Baker, Michael Copps and Robert McDowell,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We hope you enjoyed the waffles the “public interest” group Free Press – whose Internet agenda the public isn’t at all interested in – prepared for and served you yesterday as you convened your monthly meeting.

This was their way of attempting to get you to “stop waffling”– and create out of whole cloth the FCC’s Internet authority by reclassifying the Web under the 1930s Title II landline telephone regulatory regime.  So as to then give you the usurped power necessary to impose the dreadfully bad idea known as Network Neutrality.

Here’s hoping Free Press’s publicity stunt was as ineffective as it was (ostensibly) delicious.  For as I am sure you are all well aware, the FCC cannot regulate the Internet until Congress acts to give you the authority to do so. 

Nearly everyone seems to know this – your griddle chefs notwithstanding.  There is ample, broad and across-the-board opposition to this proposed Internet regulatory seizure.

Here, again, is a list of people, organizations, entities and things to consider that we hope carry a little more weight with you fine men and women than Free Press’s waffles.

299 members of Congress – a large bipartisan majority – have asked you to not reclassify the Internet, and wait for Congress to first write law.

More than 150 organizations, state legislators and bloggers have asked you to not reclassify the Internet, and wait for Congress to first write law.

Seventeen minority groups – that are almost always in Democrat lockstep – have asked you to not reclassify the Internet, and wait for Congress to first write law.

And many additional normally Democrat paragons have also asked you to not reclassify the Internet, and wait for Congress to first write law including several large unions: AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America (CWA), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); some racial grievance groups: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Minority Media and Telecom Council (MMTC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Urban League; and an anti-free market environmentalist group the Sierra Club.

And a unanimous D.C. Circuit Court – led by a Democrat President Bill Clinton-appointee – has ruled in the Comcast-BitTorrent case that you do not have Internet authority.   Which means you should not reclassify the Internet, and should instead wait for Congress to first write law. 

Even Massachusetts Democrat Senator John Kerry – a man who truly knows something about waffles – at one point said you do not have the authority.

With all of that now in mind, we now return to Free Press’s breakfast stunt. 

We too could do street theatre.  But we won’t, because it would be for entertainment purposes only, as it doesn’t advance anyone’s cause a whit.  I mean really, are ANY of you moved on Net Neutrality and Internet reclassification an inch in any direction now that you’ve witnessed Media Marxists cooking outdoors?

What I think their absurdity does do is demonstrate that they can’t point to any current problems caused by the absence of their definition of Net Neutrality – because there aren’t any.

They must instead distract you and everyone else with brunch and bad puns.

So what have we learned?  That Internet reclassification and Net Neutrality are drastic alleged “solutions” to an imaginary problem – with very real, across the board, bipartisan, multi-governmental branch opposition.

I’m hoping you find all of that outweighs the waffles and everything else Free Press has fed you.

Thank you very much for your time and kind indulgence.

Most sincerely,

Seton Motley


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