Saturday, June 25, 2011

FCC and Net Neutrality - #3021 - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to sue FCC over 'Net Neutrality' - Washington Times (2) The Non-Sensical, Astroturf Campaign Against AT and T and T-Mobile - Redstate

Wading into another fierce ideological battle, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has announced plans to sue regarding new federal regulation of the Internet and has urged other states to jump on board his fight against “net neutrality.” Calling the regulations the “most egregious of all violations of federal law,” Mr. Cuccinelli told The Washington Times on Thursday that he will begin in July or August to gather support from other attorneys general and private partners for a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. “They have no respect for the courts, no respect for the states, no respect for the Constitution, no respect for federal law,” Mr. Cuccinelli, a Republican, said during an appearance on Capitol Hill at a lunch meeting of the National Italian-American Foundation. Mr. Cuccinelli has engaged the federal government in legal battles related to other hot-button political issues, including health care and climate change. The net neutrality issue has become a cause celebre for Republicans who fear the Obama administration is attempting to control the Internet.  Read more.......

The Nonsensical, Astroturf Campaign Against AT and T and T-Mobile - Redstate - I’ve said before that the case against the AT and T/T-Mobile deal makes no sense. Not only does the historical record suggest that the merger will increase competition, but the actions of key players are the opposite of what we’d predict if the merger were expected to reduce competition and raise margins.  There’s something more to it, though. That something is astroturf pushing a basic agenda of an expanded government role in the media. Why yes, the same forces were behind Net Neutrality that are now behind the anti-AT and T coalition, in addition to Sprint who wants to keep prices higher and competition lower, by preventing AT and T and T-Mobile from getting together and being more effective. As Amanda Carey says at the Daily Caller: The new coalition is called NoTakeover.org, and was launched soon after the announcement of the merger with the support and backing of Sprint. It also includes many of the pressure groups that took part in the net neutrality battle: Public Knowledge, Media Access Project and New America Foundation.  Read more.......

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