Date: March 29, 2018
New World Requires New Controls
We invented the Internet. It is about time we controlled the beast we created. We have to face facts: the world today cannot continue without the Internet, without the sharing of ideas (communication), control of industrial processes (commercial utility), and, perhaps above all, the cross platform reach into every aspect of our lives and commerce – from television, telephone, manufacturing machines, shipping, construction, transportation, politics, appliances, exploration, science, and office productivity.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government created by statute (47 U.S.C. § 151 and 47 U.S.C. § 154) to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. On the other hand, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil.
The Internet partially carries all radio transmissions The Internet now carries every phone call in America (and yes, that includes land-line communications). The Internet carries all television transmissions. The Internet is the wire that connects every communication and, not least, the Internet is part of the satellite communication systems and feeds all the cable connections in the USA.
The Internet carries all those transmissions by using electricity that travels down wires, is converted to radio waves, sent up and down to satellites, is converted to light pulses that travels across the nation in every direction via fiber-optic cables. Without electricity transmission (and converted electricity coding) there would be no Internet, period.
So, what about all those companies sitting on the Internet like Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Verizon, and on and on… are they Internet companies? You bet. Are they interstate communications companies? You bet. Are they interstate transmission companies, sending their electronic signals to every part of the country? You bet.
So why do we not have a government agency or commission in charge of their activities? Why is there no set of rules for the use of the Internet. Look, there are sets of rules for every TV broadcaster with the FCC. There are sets of rules for every energy transmission across the nation (FERC). What I propose is a new commission, or an agency (which is larger and self-governing), to control this new beast we have created and given free rein to. Let's call it something easy…
The Internet is part utility and part media platform and operation. Let's call it a Mutility. And let's regulate the hell out of it.