Skip to comments.FCC Gives Government Power to Regulate Web Traffic
Posted on 12/21/2010 2:16:02 PM PST by TheRevolution1776
"For the first time, we'll have enforceable rules of the road to preserve Internet freedom and openness," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Tuesday morning. He said the rules offered "a strong and sensible frameworkone that protects Internet freedom and openness and promotes robust innovation and investment."
Republicans at the FCC and on Capitol Hill blasted the FCC's new rules, saying that they could stifle new investments in broadband networks and are unnecessary since there have been few complaints about Internet providers blocking or slowing web traffic.
The FCC's action "is not motivated by a tangible competitive harm or market failure," said Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, a Republican, who said she couldn't support the rule because the agency was intervening to regulate the Internet "because it wants to, not because it needs to."
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Will. Not. Stand.
Supremes shot this down once and will again.
Heads are going to roll over this.
Keep pushing us you jackasses. Karma is going to bite you hard.
FCC gives government power? Like HELL you say!! Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed!!
There will be a day of reckoning!!
Looking for annihilation in 2012. Can't think of a better way to make that happen than to try to silence free speech on the Internet.
Kinda like the federal reserve telling a bank they can’t display Christmas decorations.
More than likely, the latter.
Whooooahhhhh!..... wait just a damn minute here!...
FCC gives Government the right????
Now it’s Government by the FCC?
Even liberals should understand the idiocy of this.
FCC was established and empowered BY the government!
Now the FCC gives power to the government?
Who the hell said this anyway?
At this point it is safe to argue that law is simply words on paper and we may need to abolish this current system.
Hey new Congress, you hear that?
There’s a snotty regulatory agency that thinks your business is their business.
Sounds to me, in this age of trillion dollar deficits, like they could stand to be downsized.
The FCC, with 10 employees, could easily move their department into a couple of Winnebagos in the parking lot of the Smithsonian.
“Looking for annihilation in 2012.”
Assuming we can still use the web for political purposes then, yes, annihilation.
Don't be concerned. The Central Government will subsidize your bill, it won't cost you a dime. Of course you will only be able to go to sites approved by the government, but this is not one of your concerns.
Okay so I read this thing and like y’all, I’m wary.
At it’s least dangerous, this thing is the work of some business or other that wants to be able to transmit wireless data with NO interference from the Internet providers. Seems some Internet providers, Comcast is listed as one, will deliberately slow down data transmission in some cases. In the example provided in the article is was transmitting data from peer-to-peer files. Like If I wanted to send all my files over the Internet to you. The Internet provider deliberately slowed down these kinds of transmissions to better allow for other web/email users faster access that these bulky transmissions were slowing down.
But as is pointed out over and over, it really isn’t that big of a problem so I’m not buying that this is why the FCC wants its hands on our wireless transmitted data.
The bigger thing here, damn I must be dreaming, but I could swear we that this is an agency of the government voting that the government, in the form of this agency of course, has the right to regulate this kind of stuff.
It’s like I’m part of a human relations committee appointed by my company to study pay rates and benefits for a this same company. One day, boom, this committee votes that we can now, BOOM, hire and fire people.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Next, the FCC will vote themselves the power to implement the death penalty, well why the hell not?
The people have proven they can’t be trusted with Free Speech.
So we will take it from you.
Now pay your taxes, we need raises.
Unfortunately that is no longer true. We have rulers who govern by fiat. My only question is when are we going to wrest the power from them and back where it belongs.
Congress will take it away.........hopefully.
Congress will take it away.........hopefully.
Roger that, have been thru 3 boxes, one left.
That is how it supposed to be. That isn't how it is or how it has been for a while now.
$64k question is... How do we get back to that standard?
"And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords." /sarc
Not sure but, prepare for the worst.
Fat lot of good it's doing us. RINO's rolling over faster than the National debt clock... Dem's out of control. Government organizations with no Constitutional authority to exist in the first place re-writing their charter absent legislation. Courts ignoring the Constitution and the Bill of Rights...
Things aren't as bad as most folks fear.
They are much worse.
Among other things this is is probably a back door to eventually start collecting federal sales tax on internet purchases.
“FCC gives government power...” Well, I stopped reading right there. When did government get it’s power from an AGENCY “of” the government. This BS has got to stop folks or we will be left with no option but revolution. I do not like that prospect but it is more and more on my mind.
It is an opportunity to raise prices. For years the competition has driven down prices - who can give more for less. Now the rules say that every provider MUST provide bandwidth no matter what you are doing.
Right now bandwidth is shared and oversold. I can sell 100 - 5 meg connections and not need 500 megs - I only need about 50 megs or might get by with 35 megs. I monitor it and know when I hit the limit. So the guy who watches lots of movies online might get a little choppy once in a while. Not that I do anything on purpose - but just the nature of things.
Now, however that customer has a reason to complain. His complaints might land me in trouble with the FCC. So rather than let that happen I will raise my price and buy enough bandwidth (maybe buy 100 megs just to be sure). I incur extra cost which I then pass on to my customers. Everyone will do it so I won’t be the high priced option.
So the short answer is that your price will likely go up.
How can the FCC “give” powers to the government?