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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 Reclaimer77 on 8/11/2010 12:51:51 PM , Rating: 2
Once again, basic services. Things that the government is actually tasked with providing for the general populace.

I swear you people keep using the same old, and false, arguments. This isn't roads, or phones, or anything of the like.

Last time I checked, my broadband connection wasn't rolled into my taxes. I'm paying a company, of my choosing, for it.

Example. Comcast has internet, cable tv, and owns tv stations. Without laws they could slow down streaming video like Netflix or any other streaming site to make it so only low def videos are playable on their internet service and then make there website and videos play faster so that only their videos play in HD.

You aren't the only one who has created such a scenario. A lot of you guys are talking about what the ISP's "could" do, or want to do. So tell me, when is this exactly going to "happen". And why haven't they done it yet? I mean, no laws are in place right?

You know I get that you Comcast guys are pissed because you have a huge lumbering ISP. But guess what? We don't ALL have Comcast. It's not OUR problem. I'm happy with my ISP, sorry you aren't with yours. Try to look past your own problems for a change.

I am younger than 35 and my generation doesn't have the contempt the older generation has for the government.

Well no offense, but your generation is full of idiots who get their political insight from Steven Colbert and Family Guy. And by the way, I'm younger than 35 as well, I'm 33. So much for your personal attack.

Frankly the fact that you, admittedly, are a "young" person and are trying to preach to others about this issue is a joke. It's well known that young people are stupid, impulsive, and ill-informed. And from what I've seen, you certainly don't have the chops to debate me. Sorry but "my dad says" stopped being a valid argument back in high school. It doesn't really carry much weight in the real world.

We elect the people that you say screw everything up.

Well if your post and the last election is any indication, I would say the issue is the voting age just isn't high enough. Now you know why Democrats love "Rock the Vote" and outreach to the "young voters" so much. Because young voters are stupid. Just like you.

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