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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 FITCamaro on 8/11/2010 8:31:45 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah like how Bush went around dogging the American people any time he wasn't speaking to them....wait no that's Obama.

I mean like how Bush said he was businesses friend and then blasted them whenever he needed a scapegoat for his own failed policies.....wait no that's Obama.

Well how about how Bush shut down entire industries to push a political agenda....wait no that's Obama too....

Bush was not perfect but he allowed business to thrive for the most part. Obama does nothing but kill business unless it's owned by a friend of his (IBM, GE).

You call today's ISPs monopolistic (which the government is responsible for). Well how about when the government controls them all? Is that not a monopoly? So what happens when the FCC, a government agency NOT represented by the people since it is full of unelected bureaucrats, does something you don't like? You have to take it. With an ISP, you can cancel their service.


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