Skip to comments.Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman: 'Oversight of the Internet is One of His Top Priorities'
Posted on 02/16/2009 6:59:38 PM PST by kristinn
The American Spectator's Prowler column published today has a disturbing report on the plans by the Democratic Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman to regulate political speech on the Internet.
In addition to details of methods Waxman is considering to rein in conservative talk radio, The Prowler reports on Waxman's desire to use the power of the federal government to investigate amd control political content on the Internet.
The article quotes an unnamed committee staffer as saying of Waxman's power grab:
"Does one heavily trafficked Internet site present one side of an issue and not link to sites that present alternative views? These are some of the questions the chairman is thinking about right now, and we are going to have an FCC that will finally have the people in place to answer them."
"Internet radio is becoming a big deal, and we're seeing that some web sites are able to control traffic and information, while other sites that may be of interest or use to citizens get limited traffic because of the way the people search and look for information. We're at very early stages on this, but the chairman has made it clear that oversight of the Internet is one of his top priorities."
"This isn't just about Limbaugh or a local radio host most of us haven't heard about. The FCC and state and local governments also have oversight over the Internet lines and the cable and telecom companies that operate them. We want to get alternative views on radio and TV, but we also want to makes sure those alternative views are read, heard and seen online, which is becoming increasingly video and audio driven. Thanks to the stimulus package, we've established that broadband networks -- the Internet -- are critical, national infrastructure. We think that gives us an opening to look at what runs over that critical infrastructure."
The article reports that Waxman intends to work with Democratic Party President Barack Hussein Obama's nominee to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, who is awaiting confirmation by the Democrat controlled Senate, to investigate and regulate free speech on the Internet.
You mean TAX the internet, don’t you!
As he is Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I’d like to know WHAT is it his JOB to be bothering with things like government censorship? Or ‘regulating’ the internet, or the fairness doctrine???
Seems to me his job is ENERGY and COMMERCE, is it not???
Hatred is an understatement about the feeling I have for this tool waxman.
Speaking of ‘by sea’, I see why Google is considering offshore data centers. Maybe it is time to start backing up or co locating servers overseas.
You gotta be bloody kiddin’ me...
Here comes the Nazi Doctrination.
Pray for America
Drunk with power and fixing to wrap the bureaucratic Buick around the good old American oak tree.
We really really need to start jailing politicians who ignore the law.
Batboy should’ve pulled out the night he banged Hank’s mama.
could one imagine a dentist working on his teeth, and having to deal with that nose?
What was the song that Rockwell, or whatever his name was,
did back in the eighties...
“I always fell like some body’s watching me”...
We are accelerating towards socialism at 1000 mph.
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