After settling healthcare and fixing the immigration system, defeating racism and single-handedly stopping global warming, the President has now turned to improving the internet.

This is not a joke.

In preparation for the State of the Union address next week, Obama has been making “preview” announcements about issues he plans to address. “Since I’ve only got two years left in office,” he said, “I’m kind of in a rush.”

The topic on Wednesday was “Affordable High-Speed Broadband for All Americans.”

He plans to ask the Federal Communications Commission to do away with state laws that he says hinder broadband competition. He’ll also offer incentives to local communities to provide their own internet service. Obama says this will increase opportunities for businesses and students (not to mention making streaming Netflix movies faster).

He tried such a scheme last year, which the Wall Street Journal called “ObamaCare for the Web.” In reality, the President’s proposals would take away the competitive edge that has made the internet so innovative. When the federal government exerts control over any market, it slows its growth.

Reclassifying broadband as a public utility would force current providers to compete with the government and actually increase cost to consumers. Worse, there’s only a short distance between regulation and censorship. Do we really want the government providing our internet service?

This is a classic case of Washington meddling with local governance.

The FCC apparently did not comply with Obama’s suggestions last year. Now he’s turning to executive action to accomplish his agenda.

Haven’t we seen this show before?

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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