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Ted Cruz Calls Net Neutrality 'Obamacare For The Internet' After Obama Announces Internet Freedom Plan


Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted a criticism of President Barack Obama's statement asking the FCC to classify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service and prevent content providers from paying for faster access to the internet, reports Gizmodo.

Internet service provider lobby group Broadband for America appears to share Cruz's sentiments in a statement today addressing Obama's comments. Honorary Co-Chairs former Senator John Sununu and former Representative Harold Ford Jr. released the following statement following the announcement from the White House.

Sununu and Ford Jr. stated:

"President Barack Obama's endorsement of 1930's era Title II classification would lead to unprecedented government interference in the Internet and would hurt consumers and innovation.  Further, for the President to issue this directive is a threat to the independence of the FCC itself.  By vastly expanding the regulatory bureaucracy over the Internet, the administration is turning its back on 20 years of bipartisan consensus that has allowed the Internet to flourish. The President's approach would threaten millions of jobs and a diverse array of stakeholders including, labor, civil-rights organization, and tech companies, who have long advocated for a far more restrained approach.

 "Further, the President's directive discredits US efforts to prevent countries like Russia and China from destroying the current international multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and replacing it with government regulatory control.  It is ironic that the President made his announcement while in China, which has long sought greater government control over the Internet and surely will be encouraged by the President's statement.  

"We urge FCC Chairman Wheeler to exercise his independent authority and reject this extreme proposal."

What Texas Senator Cruz and Broadband for America fail to realize is that President Obama's statements support the ability of the general public to access the Internet without paying a premium for faster service dubbed "Internet fast lanes" and load times that would otherwise bottleneck the Internet, creating a haves and haves-not system. Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, already voiced his distaste for "Internet Fastlanes," in a Washington Post article from September and Tim Wu, a Columbia law professor credited with coining the term "Net Neutrality," tweeted his support today of President Obama's statement on the matter.

It turns out that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has in the past accepted campaign funds from Comcast, which is the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the U.S. Comcast also stands accused of committing Internet data discrimination against its users in the past that directly violates Net Neutrality guidelines. In this case Senator Cruz stands much to gain from lining Comcast's pockets with its users money.

A final vote on the fate of Net Neutrality is set to occur before the end of the year.

President Obama Throws His Full Support Behind Net Neutrality: VIDEO

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In a big win for internet advocates, President Obama this morning called on the FCC to implement stronger net neutrality rules and prevent content providers from having to pay for faster access to internet users. 

USA Today reports:

In the statement — issued while Obama is in China for meetings — the president noted that "the FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone."

Obama urged an "explicit ban" on "paid prioritization," agreements in which large content providers pay Internet companies for faster delivery. This involves such profitable, high-traffic sites such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.

He also called for banning the blocking of certain websites and the "throttling" of Internet service.

The president, who recorded his statement on video, also called on the FCC to classify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service. Major broadband providers have objected, saying it would make their business subject to onerous regulations.

Watch the president explain his plan, AFTER THE JUMP...

And to read his full statement, click here

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Obama to Nominate Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General

President Obama will name Loretta Lynch, a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, to succeed Eric Holder as the U.S. Attorney General, the NYT reports:

LynchIf confirmed she would be the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. She would also be a rare instance of Mr. Obama reaching outside his inner circle to fill a crucial post.

...Ms. Lynch first gained prominence for her work prosecuting members of the New York City Police Department for the 1997 beating and sexual assault of a Haitian immigrant with a broom handle. The case became a national symbol of police brutality.

As United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Lynch oversaw all federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

DaillyKos writes:

A possible complication to her confirmation—besides the fact that she would be the first African-American woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement position which would make for many exploding heads on the right—is that she has "led the prosecution of Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican congressman from Staten Island, for alleged tax fraud." Grimm won re-election Tuesday, joining the ranks of indicted members of Congress.

More on Lynch in a NYT profile HERE.

Rachel Maddow: Vetoes and Impeachment Calls Aplenty If GOP Takes Congress — VIDEO


Rachel Maddow last night took a look at what happens if the GOP takes the Senate (and therefore control of Congress) today as many are expecting them to do. She notes that every two-term president in recent history in his sixth year has had to deal with a Congress led by the opposition.

Bills may just start getting passed:

"President Obama alone will be the counterweight to the all-Republican congress if the Republicans take the Senate...and that is going to be a lot of fun to cover."

Obama has so far vetoed two items during his presidency, but there may soon be a lot more.

FOX News and Republicans are already licking their lips about impeachment over Obama acting alone on immigration.

Head out and vote today, folks.


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Right Wing Radio Host: Gay Barack Obama Planning Dictatorship, Directing 'Gaystapo' To Persecute Christians - LISTEN

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Nutjob right-wing conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles has warned that President Barack Obama is planning a dictatorship and is directing the persecution of Christians by an LGBT gestapo, reports Right Wing Watch.

Earlier this year, Wiles said that an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. might be a good thing if it helps end America's tolerance of gays and non-believers - an opinion so extreme that it was actually criticized by the virulently homophobic activist group Focus on the Family.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b00a08149970b-150wiSpeaking last week, Wiles argued that regardless of how they vote in the midterm elections, Americans should anticipate the “iron fist of tyranny” from the “mac daddy” president as he tries to maintain political power:

“If the mac daddy socialist Democratic party gets an old-fashioned thumping at the polls, it still doesn’t matter. Mr. Obama will simply crack down on all opposition, use government surveillance agencies to spy on his opponents, he’ll continue to issue presidential decrees and ignore the Congress, and rule the country like a dictator. Nothing’s going to change, except that he’s really going to step it up as a dictator.”

He warned that “persecution of the true Christian church will be carried out by America’s ‘gaystapo’ under the direction of [Barack Obama] America’s first gay president.”

Claiming a direct line to god, Wiles concluded:

“We’ve been taken over by homosexuals and sodomites, and lesbians and transvestites, and a bunch of communists and socialists and atheists and God-haters. And this country is about to be judged.

“If you’re here when this judgment strikes, you’re going to be consumed. The Lord has told me vast numbers are going to be consumed and the survivors will be slaves. That is the future that is facing America if this country does not repent and the time is ticking away.”


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Peter LaBarbera: Obama Will 'Answer to God' for Normalizing 'Terrible Sin of Homosexual Behavior' - AUDIO

LaBarbera outside the Illinois marriage equality bill ceremony last year.

In a radio interview last week, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality wingnut Peter LaBarbera railed against President Obama, who will supposedly have to "answer to God" for his role promoting the "terrible sin" of LGBT equality.

Said LaBarbera:

I don't think Barack Obama has been more loyal to any special interest group than the homosexual activist movement. What he's done for that movement, he's by far the most pro-homosexual president in our history. He's done great damage to the morality of this country by helping persuade people that this sin is okay...

LaBarbera also lit into the Republican Party for not speaking out louder against gay rights and for not doing a better job marketing its anti-gay platform to African American and Latino voters. 


[via Right Wing Watch]

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