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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FCC to Write New Net Neutrality Rules

Posted by on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Here's some good news:

Federal regulators will once again try to set rules that make sure broadband providers do not block or slow access to content on the Internet, or charge content providers like Netflix or Amazon for faster Web service.

The Federal Communications Commission's plan for new so-called "Net neutrality" rules comes a month after a U.S. court struck down their previous iteration, which was the second court's rejection of the rules.

The federal government needs to be perfectly clear about the fact that the internet belongs to the people. Providers may be able to charge us for access, but they shouldn't be able to control what we do and do not see on the internet.

And this is a perfect example for those who think that Republicans and Democrats are exactly the same: Are you really going to argue that President Mitt Romney would be encouraging his FCC to fight for net neutrality? Think again.


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rob! 1
The New Yorker called Tom Wheeler "a bad pick" for the FCC chairmanship.

I say watch him closely, nip at his heels, and demand his ouster in favor of Susan Crawford if he shows signs of selling us down the river (again).
Posted by rob! on February 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Geocrackr 2
Are you really going to argue that President Mitt Romney would be encouraging his FCC to fight for net neutrality?

Implying that Obama is encouraging the FCC to fight for net neutrality? There's nothing in that article (unless you want to count the mindless pro forma attacks of a couple of Republican congresscritters) or in the history of Obama's actions (as opposed to the meaningless speeches he gives) to even suggest that's the case.
Posted by Geocrackr on February 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM · Report this
@1 The FCC is an independent agency, which means that Wheeler can only be removed for cause. "Enacting policies that people disagree with" doesn't count.
Posted by Marooner on February 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM · Report this
rob! 4
@3, true, but he can be pressured to resign, in which case POTUS can appoint a new chair. (The next commissioner whose term expires, Michael O'Rielly, must be replaced by a Republican because of the rule that no more than three commissioners can be from one party.)
Posted by rob! on February 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM · Report this
Dougsf 5
This stemmed from a debate with other content creators over which streaming services worked better and where—seems to point to providers already engaging in a version of this against businesses not willing to pony up extra cash:…
Posted by Dougsf on February 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM · Report this

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