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Net Neutrality: FCC takes steps to press ahead with Title II reclassification

Well folks here we go again. Yesterday the FCC voted to press ahead with an inquiry that will investigate the best legal framework for moving ahead with net neutrality regulations, particularly Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposed “Third Way” approach.

So in April the U.S. Court of Appeals turned them away by saying they had no jurisdiction to regulate Title I “information services”, under which broadband Internet is classified. Then in May Congressional members from both parties sent FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in two separate letters stating that the FCC should not consider proceeding with new regulations without explicit direction from Congress.  This is where it should have ended, right?  Well not so much.  The Free Press along with a number of other liberal organizations have been leaning hard on Mr. Genachowski and members of Congress that support net neutrality to press forward since the April ruling.

So yesterday the FCC in a 3-2 vote decided to issue a Notice of Inquiry on the subject.  The NOI approved today asks for public comment on whether the FCC’s Title II reclassification “remains legally sound and adequate” to support the agency’s broadband goals; the legal and practical consequences of the reclassification; and Genachowski’s Third Way approach, under which the agency could reclassify broadband Internet under Title II but forbear from applying most of the act’s provisions.  Their goal now is to reclassify broadband Internet under Title II.  By doing this the FCC hopes to get around the U.S. Court of Appeals April ruling and eventually regulate the ways companies provide Internet service.  They justify their actions in the name of consumer protection against the big bad Internet providers.  They are backed by Google,, and ebay; not what you would classify as smaller companies. Hmmm, smells like crony capitalism again.

If they get away with reclassifying broadband Internet services from Title I information services to Title II telecommunications the FCC will have found a way to to stick their foot in the door in terms of the Internet leaving it vulnerable to heavy regulations.  This is the dark place that bloggers should be worried about.  The FCC is determined to do whatever it takes to push their way through the information highway’s door and start the process of destroying one of the last free market systems in the world.  It’s abundantly clear that this has very little to do with consumer protection and more to do with control.

We must stand firm and fight this.  The Internet is what it is because of little to no regulation.  They are creating the illusion of a problem to justofy their actions.  We must push back. 

I encourage all of you to visit the FCC’s website to read about their master plan, then contact your elected representative to tell them to do their job and assert control over another out-of-control government agency trying to steal our liberties. 

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: Bloggers, FCC, Julius Genachowski, Net Neutrality, regulation

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  • Matt June 17, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    They are really dead set on controlling the net. If they achieve it, there will be little we can do to expose them. Their statements, both in print and on video, would be censored. Not that we'd be permitted to disagree with them anyway.

  • The Born Again American June 18, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    There are idiot gamers and uninformed people out there that are stupid enough to think that this is all to curb the costs for high speed internet from the evil monopolies…

    This is nothing but this administration trying to censor the content allowed…

  • Conservative Scalawag June 18, 2010 at 4:47 AM

    Yep, the big STFU is coming to conservatives and libertarians alike. If you oppose this government you will be silenced.

  • Trestin Meacham June 18, 2010 at 5:39 AM

    This whole thing is…. AHH! I am a network guy, there is no reason for this! The whole argument that the web is growing to fast is complete bunk. All those projections fail to account for the rate technology is growing.

  • Ron Russell June 18, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Just another move by an out of control administration to silence all opposition. Even after the fall election we will still have these Obama appointees to worry about!

  • John Carey June 18, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    They are extremely determined to comtrol the web Matt. With all the other priorities our nation faces this should be the last thing our government should be worried about.

  • John Carey June 18, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Well put BO. There are indeed enough ignorant and useful idiots to manipulate.

  • John Carey June 18, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    They are going to try…and I do mean try CS.

  • John Carey June 18, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Trestin you are correct when you say this about a whole lot of nothing. This is a manufactured crisis that doesn't even exist. 2012 will not get here soon enough.

  • John Carey June 18, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    That's why we must keep the heat on Ron. Your right when you say these clowns will be a thorn on our sides even after this November.