Tuesday, April 12, 2011

FCC & Net Neutrality - #2809 - FCC Internet Regulation: Not So Fast - American Thinker (2) House Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality - The Blaze (3) EPA Defies Common Sense in Defending Regulations - Newsmax

In the House, HJ37, the resolution to disapprove the FCC action, has been approved on a floor vote of: 238 to 174. Last December, under cover of the holidays and the spectacle of the lame duck Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defied a federal court and enacted an internet regulatory takeover. In answer, the House began moving House Joint Resolution 37 through committee. The resolution will cancel the FCC rulemaking and bring the policy discussion back to Congress. Thus, the FCC and the House of Representatives have begun a classic Separation of Powers struggle. The debate involves a simple yet critical question: is policy established by an elected Congress or imposed by appointed agency bureaucrats?......Tim Wu, the Free Press Lobby, and its founder, Robert McChesney, have been actively lobbying for FCC involvement in content regulation for more than five years. McChesney was candid when he said, "What we want to have in the U.S. and in every society is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility." A PUD, of course, is a government-operated utility, although traditionally, these have been small and local districts. Read more........ AW:This is a very important article, what is happening with the FCC behind the scenes, is very important, as they claim to be protecting the Internet for all, which in actuality just another form of government control.  They are ignoring the courts and the House of Representatives.

House Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality - The Blaze - House Republicans adamant that the government keep its hands off the Internet passed a bill Friday to repeal federal rules barring Internet service providers from blocking or interfering with traffic on their networks.  Republicans, in voting to repeal rules on “network neutrality” set down by the Federal Communications Commission, said the FCC lacked the authority to promulgate the rules. They disputed the need to intervene in an already open Internet and warned that the rules would stifle investment in broadband systems.  “The FCC power grab would allow it to regulate any interstate communication service on barely more than a whim and without any additional input from Congress,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., sponsor of the legislation. The Internet, he added, “is open and innovative thanks to the government’s hands-off approach.”  Read more..........

EPA Defies Common Sense in Defending Regulations - Newsmax - The Environmental Protection Agency’s backdoor regulatory fiat over our economy was unable to be thwarted in the Senate on Wednesday, but there were some optimistic signs located within both the Senate and House votes. Although none of the EPA greenhouse gas amendments pending in the Senate garnered the necessary 60 votes, altogether 64 Senators voted for at least one of the amendments to rein in the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulatory agenda. The Senate Republicans have spoken twice, last year on the Murkowski Congressional Review Act vote and the four amendments on Wednesday. The Obama administration and the Senate Democrats own every job lost due to the EPA regulations. Thursday, the House passed H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act by a vote of 255 to 172. This is a strong bipartisan vote and is a much wider margin than the passage of the Waxman-Markey cap and tax bill on June 26, 2009, which passed 219-212. .......... The EPA has thrown off the lodestone of having to proclaim a negligible impact of its regulations and mandates on our economy. Instead, it is attempting to make the argument that its carbon regulating schemes will actually be a net boon to the economy, by creating jobs through business compliance to its regulations. The sheer audacity is unparalleled, as the Weekly Standard shows:  According to this bureaucratic ethos, purchasing equipment mandated by the government can be "job creating during the period before firms must comply with the rule." Under the EPA's logic, running an industry out of business could also be a boon for bankruptcy lawyers, creating growth in the struggling legal sector.  Read more........

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