Editorial: More important things to regulate than Internet

The federal government has decided it’s time to increase its ever-growing power and regulate another facet of the people’s lives: the Internet.

With the introduction of net neutrality, the Internet will now be classified as a public utility. But since the federal government cannot help itself from controlling and monitoring as much as possible, why can’t it perhaps define as a utility and regulate something that actually gets out of control?

From Lear jets to lawnmowers, gasoline is used every day in the United States by millions and millions of people, most prominently in road vehicles.

There was no problem with the Internet. The socialist side of the country was upset because the free market was at work (and simply existing, at that), but no damage was actually done to anyone.

People have options if a problem were to arise. If one Internet service provider were causing a problem, there are plenty of others for people to switch to.

But when gas prices exceed $4 per gallon, there aren’t really any options people can take to avoid that. Different gas stations in the same region may have different prices, but only by a couple cents if they do.

From cars to public buses to commercial trucks to planes to boats and back to lawnmowers, gasoline is something that is used every day on a massive scale, and, barring the entire country going to school, work and business trips on bicycles and scooters, it is a necessity.

Internet equality is not a necessity (or even a proven problem). High gas prices, which are not a problem now but have been before and very most likely will be again, are a problem.

So to at least tide over the ultimately insatiable hunger of the federal government to control, it would be great if it would control real problems instead of trying to control private companies because “they’re not being fair.”