“FCC Ready to Ratchet Up Regulation of Internet,” Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2015 A1. The FCC proposes to regulate the Internet, although its authority to do so is open to debate, with one federal court having bounced the FCC’s second effort to do this last month. This attempt appears to treat broadband providers the same as phone companies, and would prohibit them from charging more for expedited connections. Does this mean the broadband companies can’t charge less for lower-volume users who, unlike Netflix, don’t have lobbyists?
What power does the government have to govern the Internet? If the government can regulate the channels of communication, can the government tax them or shut them down? What impact on the users?