Thursday, May 6, 2010

Internet - Net Neutrality - #1690 - FCC to Back-Door Net Neutrality - Hot Air










Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The White House wants to pursue an unpopular policy, but Congress won’t act. Instead, it gets its regulatory agencies to pass new rules that effectively bypass Congressional skepticism. We have heard this before, with the EPA endangerment finding on carbon dioxide — and now the FCC has decided to use that same game plan for Net Neutrality: In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks. The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates.  Read more.......  Another approach to regulate the Internet, after the Courts already ruled they did not have the authority.


New US Push to Regulate Internet Access - Wall Street Journal - In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks. The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates. Read more......

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