Motley: Tea Party, aided by Internet, is natural opponent of net regs

"Nothing has made free speech and political organization more horizontal than the Internet," he said.

"Leftists," Motley said, are aware of this. It has prompted them to favor net-neutrality policies that would prevent Internet access providers from discriminating on how fast they deliver the apps and content that run over their networks.

"They want to plant their flag and snatch up control of it now before it gets any bigger than it is," he said.

Net-neutrality activists make similar statements about the way free speech is abetted by the Internet, but they use that observation to make the opposite argument: that net neutrality policies are necessary. They say these rules would make sure certain voices do not have a competitive leg up provided by phone and cable companies.

Watch the interview below.