By Chuck Palm

CEO and Web Broadcaster for IPN

Tampa, FL ( - There has been a lot of discussion and debate about the proposed Net Neutrality bill, and enough confusion around the whole issue, to bring into doubt what was the point of it all to begin with.  Simply put, Net Neutrality was proposed as a way of “leveling” the playing field, for Internet providers specifically, and what they can charge for access to the net, as well as what they can charge large bandwidth users for how much of that limited space they can use.

The argument for Net Neutrality seems simple enough, the proposed law (on the surface) would make anyone who provides an on-ramp to the internet, treat all web content equally, and prevent them from restricting access to certain sites or web apps, or give others the ability to pay for “premium” access.  Sounds fair, right?

So, let’s say, why would I, the owner of a company that actually broadcasts large amounts content over the web, be against a law that would force companies who sell me access to the Internet to not be able to “throttle” my access, or, in any way, restrict my usage of the speeds and throughput that I want?  This seems contradictory, since it appears (again, on the surface) that this bill would prevent monopolies, and make access to the *World Wide Web (*pay close attention the word “World” here) the same for everyone.

Why on EARTH would I want my access provider to be able to charge me more, if I use more?  One word comes first, COMPETITION.  How can an access company compete if they charge big bandwidth hogs like me the same they charge my grandmother for email?  Legislating completion, as a way of preventing a monopoly, only succeeds in creating one…FOR the Government.  Do you think that if Congress tried to legislate our cellular service, and restrict it to carriers that only offered 1 option to get cellular phone service from 1 company, that it would make cell reception BETTER?  “Can you hear me now?”  Nope.

Second is INNOVATION.  What would be the incentive for any large company to find ways of making your internet experience better?  Remember when the phone companies were all Ma Bell? (Pre 1980’s breakup)  Long distance, especially overseas, was horrible, expensive, and hollow sounding.  Now, since de-regulation and open free market forces and competitive services, long distance charges are virtually gone.

Thirdly is REGULATION.  If you want to kill something slowly, regulate it.  First question I have for the FCC or any agency that feels they have the right to regulate the Internet is, “Who owns the Internet?”  Why does the FCC or Congress feel they have the exclusive right to regulate access to the “*Wolrd Wide Web” (there’s the word again!) tax it, or otherwise restrict any activities on it?  The concept of “International Waters” comes to mind, even if a majority of the maintenance of the Web is done by American companies, there is no good method of proving that Americans should bear the burden of regulation, taxation, and policing the Web.

Finally, the biggest concern anyone should have about a Net Neutrality bill, or, a FCC takeover of regulatory control (see Title II, Telecommunications Regulation) is SERVICE.  When did a Government takeover ever make any service better, more competitive, or cheaper?  Let alone more FAIR!  Internet time is measured in milliseconds, and if you cause a user to wait 3 more seconds to view a website, they will abandon it in huge numbers.  Government never makes any service faster, simple fact.  Even the Healthcare bill that passed this year has already begun to spin out of control financially, and cause LESS competition, higher rates, and more confusion as to who will pay for it, and it will not even go into effect for 3 more years.  If you want to see the true motivation at the heart of this debate, look at who are for it; Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Ebay, and other HUGE bandwidth hogs.  On the opposition, you have Comcast, Time Warner, and other large ISP’s who claim it will kill their ability to profit from their investment in large infrastructure upgrades and have a right to charge what the market will bear.  How evilly capitalistic of them!

The fact remains, if you make Grandma pay what I pay for access to the Internet, and you regulate every Internet Café into non-existence with rules and taxes, you not only make it patently UNFAIR for Grandma, but you are granting more rights to large companies to take advantage of tax breaks.  Perhaps that’s why a majority of the Democrats who originally supported the Net Neutrality bill find themselves out of a job since the last election, and leaving any hope for a legal bill passage to be dashed, forcing a “nuclear” option by the FCC to “declare” the Internet under their jurisdiction?  Where is the due process?  Where do you think Freedom of Speech will run to now that the Internet will be under the watchful eye of Big Brother?

Chuck Palm is a Internet Entrepreneur and Network Engineer with 20 years of experience working online and publishing content.  He has worked for the likes of IBM, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and services Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike.  Currently, he is CEO of the Internet Podcasting Network (IPN), and is Executive Producer for several shows, podcasts, blogs, and all types of related content networks.  Mr. Palm can be reached at and


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Black Lives Matter protesters sent a shocking, threatening letter to businesses and non-profits in Louisville, Kentucky. The letter made a series of demands related to racial reparations, and threatened consequences if the demands weren't met, the Daily Wire reported.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck detailed the letter's list of demands and threats, and pointed out that these tactics are strikingly similar to those we've seen during some of history's darkest chapters.

The letter, which was sent to businesses in the East Market District in downtown Louisville, listed demands such as ensuring that at least 23% of staff are black, providing race and inclusion training for all employees, displaying a written statement professing support for the BLM movement, buying at least 23% of inventory from black retailers, and submitting to external audit.

"Repercussions for non-compliance" to these demands will result in sit-ins and protests being staged outside the business, social media smear campaigns, boycotts, negative media attention, and "invasive reclamation," the letter threatened.

"So, I'm making quite a charge here, but I think it absolutely fits," Glenn said on the show. "Carl Kaufman, the representation that was used by Hitler and his machine, he convinced the youth that they were the answer, they would finally take control, and they would bring equality. [Kaufman said] the Jews controlled everything, and because of the Jews, the Germans really didn't have any freedom. Because of the Jews, they couldn't do anything. They were held down by the Jews. He said, 'We're going to have to boycott those stores. And if those stores don't comply, we will keep our storm troopers outside of the doors.' And they did. They intimidated anyone who walked into those stores. They berated anyone who walked into those stores. They beat anyone who walked into those stores."

"I told you once, that if America goes dark, we'll become the darkest nation ever in the history of the world," Glenn continued. "Guys, we're allowing our nation to go dark. And we're doing it because of fear. Everybody knows this is wrong, but who is going to stand up against it?"

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Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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