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Top message:  how can anyone who uses the internet be against net neutrality? by mkl4466   Jan 25, 2011, 8:46 PM

Replying to:  Re: how can anyone who uses the internet be against net neutrality? by trenen   Jan 26, 2011, 11:22 AM

Re: how can anyone who uses the internet be against net neutrality?

by ELawson87    Jan 26, 2011, 6:04 PM

Here's your logical, legal perspective:

1) The internet is not a privately-owned enterprise. It is not owned by Comcast, Verizon, Charter, or any other company, despite what they want you to believe. They charge a monthly fee for access, which is perfectly acceptable, but they have no right to control what their customers do with that access.

2) The 5th amendment does not apply. The 5th amendment reads:

"No person shall be held to answer fr a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."

First point: The internet is not property.

Second point: Corporations are not persons.

So, your 5th amendment argument is ridiculous, and I would suggest you take a basic Constitution law class to avoid further embarassing yourself.

3) Under Article III, section 8 of the US Constitution, Congress has the right to regulate commerce "among the several states," and to make all laws "necessary and proper" to executing its Constitutional authority. Commerce includes communications, and the internet most definitely is commerce "among the several states." The FCC is an agency empowered by Congress to oversee communications, including the internet, and to exercise Congress' enumerated powers to regulate such.

If you really believe that corporations should be allowed to own the entire country, go ahead and say so, but don't try to hide behind limp Constitutional arguments to justify corporatocracy.

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