Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, New Hampshire (who is chairman of the Communications Committee of the USCCB) has announced his opposition to efforts by the current Republican FCC chairman to overturn federal regulation of Internet service providers imposed by the Obama administration back in 2015.
This announcement has been reported as a position of “the bishops,” but it most certainly is not. The announcement speaks to the problematic tendency of USCCB committees to speak out on way too many issues, perhaps on issues where they have no competence. And it also speaks to the resultant confusion among the laity about whether they have to take this announcement to heart as faithful Catholics, or whether than can reject it out of hand.
The article has a decent summary of what “Net Neutrality” involves, and flatly states what it is– declaring that the internet is a public utility, like land-lines and electricity. Seeing as the Phone Company is just slightly below the Post Office in terms of customer service, and that the temporary regulations they’re trying to remove were part of a power-grab by the same guys who weaponized the IRS, this is a really bad thing even before you look at specifics.
Big points to the author for being aware that “net neutrality” is being funded by big companies– even as the videos against it declare that is who they’re fighting.
The Wall Street Journal (link will paywall, but you can search the quote and find the article) points to the behavior of the subsidized and possibly paid protesters, who are part of the self-styled “resistance.” Search for phrases like “with activists putting up cardboard signs that ask if this is the world he wants his children to “inherit.” One sign says, “They will come to know the truth. Dad murdered democracy in cold blood.”” and All Mr. Pai and his colleagues are doing is restoring the freedom that existed until 2015 and allowed the Internet to become a jewel of the U.S. economy and a benefit to the world. But regardless of one’s views on the best way to encourage investment in broadband networks, he doesn’t deserve this appalling treatment. Here’s hoping a few principled Democrats will start loudly condemning the nasty people of the Resistance.