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Net Neutrality: FCC Runs into a Wall…Congress

Yesterday the FCC ran into a wall in their attempt to impose Net Neutrality.  A number of Congressional members actually grew a spine and sent FCC chair Julius Genachowski in two separate letters stating; that the FCC should not consider proceeding with new regulations without explicit direction from Congress.
Can you believe it?  The Congress actually used their authority to limit the actions of an agency that it felt was operating outside of the scope of their authority.  Maybe there is hope.  Or maybe this is about something else.  If they really want to do the right thing they would rein in the EPA.  This is an agency that is completely out of control and needs to be reined in.  The sooner the better. 
Below is an excerpt from Hot Air.
The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to impose Net neutrality regulations just became much more difficult to pull off.

A bipartisan group of politicians on Monday told FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, in no uncertain terms, to abandon his plans to impose controversial new rules on broadband providers until the U.S. Congress changes the law.

Seventy-four House Democrats sent Genachowski, an Obama appointee and fellow Democrat, a letter saying his ideas will “jeopardize jobs” and “should not be done without additional direction from Congress.”

A separate letter from 37 Senate Republicans, also sent Monday, was more pointed. It accused Genachowski of pushing “heavy-handed 19th century regulations” that are “inconceivable” as well as illegal.

This amounts to approximately the last thing that any FCC chairman, at least one concerned with his future political prospects, wants to happen on his watch.  Not only do Monday’s letters inject a new element of uncertainty into whether the FCC will try to repurpose analog telephone-era rules to target broadband providers, but they also sharply increase the likelihood of the process taking not many months but many years.

So maybe what’s driving this are the poll numbers of congress in an election year.  Maybe it’s something we can’t see yet.  Whatever the reason this was a huge blow for the Obama administration and FCC in their attempt to regulate the internet.  This is the second time the door has been slammed shut on the FCC side of the house; the first being the courts.

We still need to keep an eye on the FCC, because I’m sure they will try again.  They will call it by a different name, but they will try again.

I’m not sure whether to call this a win or not, because this Congress and administration are masters of misdirection.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • Trestin Meacham May 26, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    This is a good test to see if our Republic is salvageable. The Judicial and the legislative branches have both said no. If they still do this, we may be in more trouble than we realize.

  • John Carey May 26, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    I think it is becoming harder and harder for the FCC to impose any type regulation Trestin, but like I say this doesn't mean they won't try a different angle. We will all have to see how this plays out.

  • Teresa May 27, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Congress grew a partial spine! I hope that Congress does reign in the FCC. The FCC has way too much power and their blatant abuses must be stopped.

  • John Carey May 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    I agree Teresa. Don't forget the EPA.

  • USAWatchmen May 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    I would call it a win for now. But your right, you just don't know anymore. It could be a facade. Good post John

  • John Carey May 28, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Thanks for the comments USA.