Skip to comments.FCC chief: Obama didn't dictate Web rules
Posted on 02/26/2015 2:08:28 PM PST by Nachum
Federal regulators did not need President Obama to arrive at the net neutrality rules that it voted to issue on Thursday, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler.
After the agency on Thursday voted to issue tough new rules that fell largely in line with those the president wanted, Wheeler countered Republican concerns that the White House put any undue pressure on the legally independent agency.
Im quite comfortable that we made this decision with independence and wisdom and based on the record, he told reporters after the vote. Wheeler has previously said that he began to think about the basic outlines of the change which legally reclassify Web service to regulate it under tougher rules last summer.
That was months before Obama, a supporter of net neutrality since his 2008 campaign, made his vocal pronouncement asking the agency to take the controversial step, which came days after the midterm elections in November.
The president has been well-known on record for a long time in favor of net neutrality, Wheeler said. So have I.
Presidents always communicate their opinions to the FCC, he added. Thats nothing new.
Republicans have raised alarms that the FCCs new rules were developed only after coordination with the White House.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
Republicans have raised alarms
And that’s about all they’ll do. The White Flag Party will do nothing about it, as usual.
When Obama comes out and Speeches at everyone about the new FCC Rules you’ll see Obama did dictate Web rules
This will go on appeal pretty quickly. It will likely get put into limbo until the appeal is resolved.
Yet the white house is all over twitter thanking everyone for their support of net neutrality.
Actually, George Soros dictated it through Valarie Jarrett. Obama was out on the golf course at the time.
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Im quite comfortable that we made this decision with independence and wisdom and based on the record”
Guess he had to vote for it so we could find out what’s in it. Tradition, you know.... worked so well the last time.
Since when in these last 6 years has anything they have told us to be the truth? AND THAT IS THE REASON THEY PASSED THIS.
It doesnt matter if Obama didnt dictate web rules. Both RINO-controlled Congress and FCC bureaucrats are wrongly ignoring that Constitution permits only elected members of Congress to regulate interstate electronic communications, and only to some extent imo.
After this jerk leaves the Presidency, it will be interesting to see how much the choom-gang raises for his ‘library’.
The FCC takeover of regulation of the internet is akin to the feds takeover of heaalthcare via 0bamacare.
Let your representatives know that the government has no business taking taxes and telling internet providers how to offer the internet to customers. This needs to be turned around by legislation ASAP.
If you like your internet, you will be able to keep your internet. Period.
No one will take them away. No matter what.
Obama’s actions during the last day or so include attempts to eviscerate both the First and Second Amendments,and we need to contact our congressional reps who are responsible for holding this lawbreaker accountable.
On August 12, 2008, FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell stated that the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine could be intertwined with the debate over network neutrality (a proposal to classify network operators as common carriers required to admit all Internet services, applications and devices on equal terms), presenting a potential danger that net neutrality and Fairness Doctrine advocates could try to expand content controls to the Internet. It could also include "government dictating content policy". [Wiki source]
"government dictating content policy"? Yes. Obama long-time friend says yes! and he uses Free Republic as a prime reason for the need.
Here's how President Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and author of "Repulblic.com," Cass Sunstein, describes FreeRepublic.com as "group polarization," where people segregate themselves so effectively online with other like-minded thinkers that they create an echo chamber where the group's worst and most malevolent opinions get reinforced and strengthened. "We might want to consider," Sunstein startlingly told the Times recently, "the possibility of ways of requiring or encouraging sites to link to opposing viewpoints."
He recently left the Administration to take a job at Harvard.
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