Ruling against the will of the people

November 13, 2014 Ramussen poll: 61% Oppose Federal Regulation of the Internet. Americans really like the online service they currently have and strongly oppose so-called “net neutrality” efforts that would allow the federal government to regulate the Internet.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% of American Adults agree the Federal Communications Commission should regulate the Internet like it does radio and television. Sixty-one percent (61%) disagree and think the Internet should remain open without regulation and censorship. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Only 19% believe more government regulation is the best way to protect those who use the Internet. Fifty-six percent (56%) feel more free market competition is the best protection. Twenty-five percent (25%) are undecided.

Millennials are calling the FCC regulation voted on yesterday, “landmark legislation.” They don’t seem to know the difference between legislation, which is what elected representatives of the people do, and administrative regulations which what unelected administrative agencies do. Expecting them to know the difference between regulations adopted in accord with enabling legislation and the Federal Administrative Procedure Act and unconstitutional wildcat regulation would be asking way too much, I guess. Don’t even mention “rule of law,” they’d wouldn’t have a clue.

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