Elizabeth Warren’s “Free” Internet Pitch Is Just Another Censorship and Spy Machine.
In early August, Elizabeth Warren released a plan that promises free internet access to every household in America. As with most Democratic proposals, the intentions are loudly touted, but the costs and dangers are hidden.
Warren's ‘free’ internet comes with a hefty taxpayer bill of $85 billion to fund public and non-profit firms across the country. If the proposal were to pass, construction cost overages should be expected. Once established, the federal apparatus will always demand more cash for their budgets. Lest we forget, in the mind of a Democrat, the Government is always understaffed and the need for new personnel snowballs. $85 billion is just the beginning.
Nationalization demands regulation and oversight.
Control of information is likely to follow once the cables are laid. The framework is already in place through the Children’s Internet Protection Act where content is censored by internet providers in public schools. The same principles that apply to children can easily be shifted to the public unknowingly. The dangers to democracy are real in Warren's proposal. What if party activists become the censors during an election? We've seen how tech firms use their influence to swing districts from one candidate to another. Further, conservatives, libertarians, and anti-war activists are already experiencing social media and search engine censorship. Compounding big government with big-tech is a recipe for disaster. Who knows the extent of what could happen once the controls are in place?
Americans right to privacy would likely be in danger with Warren’s plan.
Government issued broadband could allow the bureaucracy an open backdoor to every computer, phone, and tablet connected to the network, giving them the ability to backflow information from those devices into a Government database. With the expansion of interagency information sharing, data on the everyday public is likely to be passed between the NSA, FBI, and CIA. Zealous actors within the government could abuse and violate the public’s right to due process.
In short, Elizabeth Warren's plan amounts to yet another taxpayer funded spy machine with the added layers of content manipulation and censorship. Free internet access may sound nice to voters on the campaign trail, but the cost would be greater than most realize.
Americans should ask themselves, do you trust the government with the private information kept on your computer or phone? Do you trust the government to provide you un-manipulated access to internet content?