Posted on October 22, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |


UPDATED:  Friday, October 23, 2009 11:28 AM (My original post follows my update)


Here’s the latest on this story…




FCC to draft net neutrality rules, taking step toward Web regulation


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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote Thursday on a proposal by the agency’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, to begin crafting regulations to prohibit broadband providers from favoring or discriminating against Internet traffic.  Although Genachowski has the support of the other two Democrats on the five-member commission, his proposal has run into opposition from the large phone, cable and wireless companies that provide the bulk of U.S. high-speed Internet connections.  Broadband providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast argue that after pouring billions of dollars into their networks, they should be able to operate those networks as they see fit, which is a good point.  If this goes through, phone and cable companies wouldn’t be able to block subscribers from using cheaper Internet calling services or accessing online video sites that compete with their core businesses, on their dime.  This will ignite a firestorm of complains from these broadband providers that may not get a good enough return on their investments, and may tie up the courts with law suits and will also get Congress involved in lengthy, drawn-out arguments.  Consumer rates would probably skyrocket as a result as well.
With government intervention, you can confidently expect hefty rules and regulations will follow.  There is the fear that network neutrality rules and regulations could discourage broadband providers from continuing to expand and upgrade their systems, so everyone would be affected, creating disasterous results.  I don’t believe Obama thinks about the big picture once he sets out to try and accomplish something.  Maybe he should focus more on the bigger, more pressing issues like the two wars he’s haphazardly dealing with.  I’m sure if he focuses his mind to those two important issues, he just might get somewhere.  Instead, he’s doing a 360, accomplishing nothing, but opening one Pandora’s box after another.  Is there no end to the Obama administration’s disruptive and needless interventions?
With two wars, a bad economy, record unemployment rates and health care—all of which require his immediate attention, where he has stalledhe’s venturing in another senseless direction to gain power and control over the Internet, of all things.  Giving our government the right to take control over the Internet would be catastrophic, I would think.  Wherever they put their power, the results are less than desirable.  Obama is taking on too much too soon.  As a result, nothing of real importance is being resolved or even addressed.  This is just another example of the government trying to fix what isn’t even broken, creating more problems that require additional revenue that we don’t even have.  This is downright senseless!
John McCain has now introduced the Internet Freedom Act on the heels of the FCC vote, which would keep the FCC from enacting rules prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Internet content and applications.  This lists the pros and cons of network neutrality rules.  This story (link below) follows the initial story I posted here…
If, for some reason, the second YouTube video doesn’t show, click on the link provided…
FCC to vote on ‘net neutrality’ proposal on Thursday; opposition continues
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Submitted by Justin Sorkin on Mon, 10/19/2009 – 08:08 

The proposed ‘net neutrality’ rules are set to be voted by the five-member Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday, and the agency’s Chairman Julius Genachowski has the backing of President Obama and two other democrat FCC members to push through the regulations.

However, ‘net neutrality’ or so-called open Internet proposal – which does not allow broadband providers to either favor or discriminate against Internet traffic – might see the intervention of the courts and perhaps even Congress; more so as the proposal has already faced strong opposition from the phone, cable and wireless bigwigs that provide a chunk of high-speed internet connections in the US.

AT&T, Verizon and Comcast argue that with the kind of hefty investments they undertake, they should not be legally prohibited from offering premium services over their lines to distinguish themselves from their rivals, to ensure the profitability of their ventures.

In fact, it is not only the broadband providers that are opposing Genachowski’s proposal, even the Republicans on the FCC and in Congress have expressed the opinion that network neutrality regulations would likely discourage broadband providers from going in for the expansion and upgrading of their systems.

Opposing the proposed ‘net neutrality’ move, Christopher Guttman-McCabe – the Regulatory Affairs VP for industry trade group CTIA-The Wireless Association – said: "There could be unintended consequences of applying net neutrality to wireless."



McCain Introduces Bill to Block FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules  




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