Skip to comments.FCC's Genachowski Promises He's Not Out to Regulate Net, New Media
Posted on 07/16/2011 8:56:06 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
We're thankful to hear Chairman Julius Genachowski to make that promise. We'll certainly hold him to it. But you will pardon us if we remain skeptical (and, in advance, if you hear a constant stream of "I told you so" from us in the months and years to come). If the Chairman is "peeved" at the suggestion that the FCC might be angling to extend its reach to include the Internet and new media platforms and content, perhaps he should start taking a closer look at what his own agency is doing and think about the precedents he's setting for future Chairmen who might not share his professed commitment not to regulate the 'net. Allow us to cite just a few examples:
The WSJ notes, "when pressed, [Genachowski] admitted he was referring to regulating Internet content rather than regulating Internet lines." OK, so let's just make sure we have this straight: The FCC is going to enshrine in law the principle that "gatekeepers" that control the "bottleneck" of broadband service can only be checked by having the government enforce "neutrality" principles in the same basic model of "common carrier" regulation that once applied to canals, railroads, the telegraph and telephone. But when it comes to accusations of "gatekeeper" power at the content/services/applications "layers" of the Internet, the FCC is just going to step back and let markets sort things out? Sorry, we're just not buying it.
(Excerpt) Read more at circleid.com ...
35)How would policies related to "open Internet" or "universal broadband" or other FCC policies about communications infrastructure affect the likelihood that the Internet will meet the information needs of communities? Are there search engine practices that might positively or negatively affect web-based efforts to provide news or information?
Big brother is upon you. Net neutrality means open internet like freedom is slavery. Like ignorance is strength.
Orwell was very optimistic.
FCC’s Genachowski actually impressed me recently. I forget why, but he flew in the face of Obama’s wishes.
Oh well, if he promised then I guess it’s OK. /s
If you ever come across it again, I’d be interested to see what it was.
I don’t trust them. Not when they engage in things like this:
It’s Genachowski in the video.