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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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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