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The FCC complains that Google and Verizon's net neutrality proposal doesn't give it enough authority.  (Source: South Park Studios/Comedy Central)
FCC says that the only way net neutrality will be had is by handing it more power

After a long history of debate, Google and Verizon finally came to a basic framework of proposed net neutrality policy.  The policy would look to regulate wired traffic, ensuring that "legal" traffic was not slowed and that ISPs would not be able to charge premiums for "speed lanes".

The Federal Communications Commission, which is currently in the process of crafting net neutrality legislation to bring before Congress, was surprisingly dismissive of the proposal in a brief public comment.

FCC Chairman Michael Copps remarks [PDF], "Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward.  That's one of its many problems. It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations."

The comment raises questions about exactly what kind of net neutrality "authority" the FCC is seeking over the nation's ISPs and internet wires.  After all, the Google/Verizon proposal called for mild FCC regulation and a fine architecture for those who don't comply, with fines of up to $2M USD.

It should be interesting to see exactly what the FCC has in mind instead.

The FCC taking input from Google, Verizon, AT&T, Microsoft, and others in the process of crafting its net neutrality legislation.  It is unclear when it will finish the draft of its legislation for Congress.

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RE: What a Shock!
By amanojaku on 8/10/2010 11:02:24 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you didn't know that the FCC is an independent agency. That means the President has no authority over the goings on in the FCC. Unless he tries to push for something and the Supreme Court allows it.

By the way, the "authority" the FCC wants is to ensure the 'net is available to all at reasonable prices and with reasonable service, which is the core idea behind Net Neutrality. It's just that the FCC doesn't want to take its marching orders from corporations who usually have an agenda. And the FCC DOES have authoritah over the American Internet.

"The Commission, under Title I of the Communications Act, has the ability to adopt and enforce the net neutrality principles it announced in the Internet Policy Statement. The Supreme Court reaffirmed that the Commission “has jurisdiction to impose additional regulatory obligations under its Title I ancillary jurisdiction to regulate interstate and foreign communications.” Indeed, the Supreme Court specifically recognized the Commission’s ancillary jurisdiction to impose regulatory obligations on broadband Internet access providers." (From Broadband Deployment Notice of Inquiry - April 16, 2007)

And if you want to know what the FCC is up to in general you can look here:

RE: What a Shock!
By diggernash on 8/11/2010 10:23:36 PM , Rating: 2
Wanted to confirm that I needed to add "internet access" to the ever expanding list of rights granted when we are squirted into the light. What exactly is it that we are supposed to pursue through hard work now?

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