Skip to comments.FCC Approves Plan to Regulate Internet
Posted on 12/21/2010 10:40:28 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved a plan to regulate the Internet despite warnings that it could strangle industry investment and damage an economy that is still struggling to recover.
The 3-2 vote fell along partisan lines with Democrats capitalizing on their numerical advantage.
The rules would prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections to discriminate against rival content or services, such as Internet phone calls or online video, or play favorites with Web traffic.
Lawmakers in both parties have been arguing for months that Congress, not the Obama administration, should take the lead role in deciding whether and how much to police the web. But despite a brief backing-off earlier in the year, the FCC has pushed ahead with its new regulatory plan.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski secured the three votes needed for approval, despite firm opposition from the two Republicans on the five-member commission.
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This is all about the money.
The statists ignore the law of unintended consequences at their own peril.
The Obama Administration has no interest in stimulating the economy or in creating jobs. Their goal is to hurt American business and weaken the nation.
Can Congress overturn this? How does the FCC have this authority?
I honestly do not know what is in these regulations, so I don’t really have much of an opinion on this, other than my general opinion that regulations should be few and far between.
We tried it you little people’s way.
And we found out that you say things we ruling elitists don’t agree with.
So we’re going to take your free speech.
When you learn how to use it, then you can have it back.
Now pay your taxes, we need a raise. :)
Isn’t the FCC all about airwaves?
Defund the FCC.
The 112th House should DEFUND the FCC until they repeal this rule. Let’s see how the GOP stands up to unpopular opinions and instead rules on PRINCIPLE.
Another nail in the coffin of the quaint doctrine of “Separation of Powers” as a model of governance.
Obama, like the Supreme Court, has usurped the legislative process and both parties have acquiesced.
It’s about power. Power for liberal elites/
Their goal is the acquisition and consolidation of power.
(another way of saying what you said ;-)
According to this article, the new rules “prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections to discriminate against rival content or services, such as Internet phone calls or online video, or play favorites with Web traffic”
How is that a bad thing? Is there more to “net neutrality” than that?
The Courts have overturned this once and will certainly do so again. The FCC has no jurisdiction or authority to regulate the internet.
Congress should abolish the FCC.
In this case if the Court overturns the FCC action the Internet carriers will be free to INGORE THEM. You see, it works both ways.
I'm sure there is. It's a couple thousands pages long. No one's probably even read it yet.
When will we as a nation say enough is enough and do something about it?
When will we as a nation say enough is enough and do something about it?
Technically, this is unenforceable. If the FCC would try to force AT&T to change their business model, AT&T would easily win in court (via recent USSC ruling).
Practically, if the Obama administration cannot get its way in court, it will resort to Chicago-style politics.
This is a blatant disregard for the separation of powers. The Executive branch is ignoring the Judicial branch. I hope the GOP House is ready to play hardball.
The pro side of this argument cites the ‘evil’ of Corporatism that must be leashed at every turn. My concern is that these folks do not similarly recognize the ‘evil’ of unrestrained government. I think that they believe that government can’t be evil.
The pro side argues that Comcast et al will charge different rates for users based on their habits and predilections (streaming movies etc) and possibly filtering some sites entirely. We know that it can be done - look at the content filtering that China does.
I maintain that whatever heavy-handedness that any corporation may wield, it pales in comparison to the routine heavy-handedness of government.
As for jurisdiction, I haven’t seen a single thing that authorizes the FCC to say what happens on the interwebby, but when has a little thing like that ever stopped dhimicrats?!
Proceeding 09-191 comment submissions are still open, at http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list
I don’t have the time to check whether this is the relevant proceeding, what the response status is, etc., but it might help someone with more knowledge on this agency and issue.
>>The FCC has no jurisdiction or authority to regulate the internet.<<
I am sorta treating this as if I were hearing a story that the FCC voted to regulate the newsprint industry.
1) The USSC ruled that this is outside of the FCC's jurisdiction.
2) The FCC is not in the business of telling companies how to price and provide services. Generally the free market does that.
The most likely outcome is for the executive branch to say "Don't make me use this stick, here, why don't you just do business this way and there will be no trouble. Play along, and I won't bother you."
Odd that they keep the comments open after the comment period and response and even this decision.
It might not help, but it’s good to be on record.
Your post nails it....that is exactly how it will play out.
The new House. The one coming in a month. The one that was elected by a pissed off public, not the one that was snowed into thinking that Obama was the Messiah.
>>I maintain that whatever heavy-handedness that any corporation may wield, it pales in comparison to the routine heavy-handedness of government.<<
I look at it this way: If I refuse to buy a GM car, or use Comcast, or use Charmin toilet paper, what are those bad ol’ companies gonna do to me?
OTOH, if I refuse to cooperate with my government, people come to my home with guns and I get put in a place where I am afraid to drop the soap.
So...which should I fear?
Exactly! Power...nothing more than power, period.
More regulations, more social engineering...
... screw you, Julius Genachowski and your commie pinko pals!
More information then a FoxNews report:
Nose. Camel. Tent.
Can this be undone?
I’m unclear as to why they can’t extend their control over cable and satillite as well as Internet? It seems they would if they could or are the leaving that to “Big Sis”?
Like Jackson, Barry will tell the Court to enforce their ruling if they can. Unless the Court is willing to direct Federal Marshals to arrest those at the FCC who try and regulate the Internet, the FCC will just go about the business of shutting down whatever it doesn’t like, raising rates, and granting preferences to those who support the regime.
The Republicans are being challenged on every front by Barry and his merry band of czars sticking it to the public in a hundred different places all at the same time. They figure that no matter how many fingers Congress manages to come up with they won’t be able to plug all the holes in the dike. Republicans better man up and take this gang of thugs down or there won’t be a way to recover from them.
This must be stopped. Brutally,,, controlling the internet is even more critical to these communists than controlling guns.
Given the choice between the internet and guns, they would seize the internet. Guns are meaningless if they control the information we can spread, and our ability to quickly organize.
And how will it do that if the Courts rule against them? The FCC doesn't man the controls at Comcast nor does it print the bills. If the Court rules against these new regulations I don't the FCC will send in storm troopers in SWAT vehicles to take over the independent internet service providers.
TIME FOR PITCHFORKS!! that’s what Sen. Clare said!!
A disgusting socialist would say, “we need to pass the regulation of free speech so you can find out what it used to be like to have free speech”. Another, even more disgusting, socialist would say, “when you control spreading free speech around, everyone benefits”. A real American once said,”The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” I hope the thug in our White House isn’t going to step forward as a tyrant to an even greater extent than already.
Broadband internet rates will either rise or we will be charged per byte for uploads and downloads or something like cell phones with so much per month flat rated and a pay per byte after exceeding some limit.