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Internet sadly offers new tax opportunity

“In a single generation, the Internet has given to virtually every person on the face of the earth the ability to communicate with fellow human beings on virtually any topic, at any time, and in every nook and cranny on the globe. This magnificent invention has done this without succumbing to government control.”
Rep. Bob Barr
Not even Al Gore, the Internet’s supposed inventor, could imagine the growth that has taken place. Wired and wireless infrastructure growth has been relentless. 
As major corporations added to the Internet, those areas left unserved saw mom-and-pop service providers pop up to fill the gap.  
It has seen unprecedented growth that never seems to stop. Whatever was needed was figured out, built and implemented. We didn’t wait for a government program or approval. We didn’t have to wait for a Verizon or AT&T to figure it out. If it worked, it was made available. And at this point, the belief is we are still in day one of the life of the Internet.  
That, however, is changing. A new regulation with a fancy name, Net Neutrality, was passed without anyone seeing or commenting on it outside the FCC board. It layers 332 pages of regulations on the Internet, trying to make it “fair” for everyone.  
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson described this FCC decision as,  “We have now, under the president’s urging with the FCC, moved from pursuing a free and open Internet to regulating the Internet end to end.”  
In fact, the Internet was a giant source of untapped tax revenue, as if we don’t pay enough already, that the government thinks it needs.  
As with all government takeovers, the FCC chair promised they would have a “light touch” on the Internet at first. However, one of the five commissioners, Ajit Pai, noted this 332-page document “explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband. … These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they will have to pay.”
He also noted “there is nothing (in the document) . . . that goes toward the content that . . . travels over the Internet . . . But there was a debate in the FCC to take a look at speech related to elections that is posted online for free.” Net Neutrality establishes the vehicle for doing this.
Many hail this as a chance for the government to get those “corrupt” corporations to toe the line and “give me what I deserve.”
I view it as another hit on our freedom, something fewer and fewer people seem to be concerned about these days. 
Because of where I live, I only have one option for Internet and it is slow compared to that in other areas. But I chose to live where I live, and I prefer to have the slow Internet and freedom over a faster Internet and a bureaucracy standing between my provider and my computer, providing no value and charging me for the overall degradation of Internet services in the form of a tax.
Elections have consequences.