[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Speaking on a panel at the annual “Right Online” conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Ajit Pai, a strong, outspoken opponent to Obama’s internet takeover known as “Net Neutrality” (or “Obamanet), said that he can easily visualize overreaching federal regulators going after conservative news sites like the Drudge Report, based on political content.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Pai said that in the future, “I could easily see this migrating over to the direction of content…What you’re seeing now is an impulse not just to regulate the roads over which traffic goes, but the traffic itself,” CNS News reported.
Pai continued his warning to America on government attacking, rather than protecting the First Amendment and free speech:
“It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that.”
One of only two Republicans on the five-member FCC, Pai warned that power-hungry D.C. regulators just can’t wait to take control of all free speech taking place on the “brave new world” known as the Internet.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]”The First Amendment means not just the cold parchment that’s in the Constitution, he continued. “It’s an ongoing cultural commitment, and I sense that among a substantial number of Americans and a disturbing number of regulators here in Washington that online speech is [considered] a dangerous, brave new world that needs to be regulated,” he warned.
CNS News captured the audio: