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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 knutjb on 8/12/2010 3:59:12 AM , Rating: 2
Close but off on a few details:
Gay rights can be supported by many people because if a heterosexual couple has the right to get married, then why shouldn't a homosexual couple have that same right?
If you want to really get Republicans back into a better position, wake up and focus on the issues, instead of letting your "morality" drive people away from the conservative fiscal policies that would help solve the problems in this country.
FYI Ted Olsen, GW Bush's first Solicitor General, is the one who successfully argued against California's Prop 8. He is very conservative.
Why can't the government and military just make their own equipment if they are being overcharged by the private sector?
Many times the bureaucracy created by politicians contributes to this by layering massive amounts of paperwork requiring unreasonable efforts to fill it out in order to just bid on a project. Contractual obligations, remember politicians who write the rule the DoD operates under, allow for many of those loop holes along with some reasonable product safety concerns.

Also, please tell me why the DoD is the ONLY Gov Dept working to cut their budget? Unfortunately some Congressman will do what ever they can to thwart those cuts because it's in their district.

I do know of some serious lapses of bureaucratic judgment that cost silly amounts of money. Unfortunately they had more to do with the system forced by politicians of both parties than many would like you to think. I know, I spent over twenty years in it.
Republican candidate stepped forward who really was a SOCIAL moderate with a conservative fiscal outlook, that candidate would win a national election EASILY.
So why is it that ONLY Republicans have to change their values but never the Democrats? Just wondering... McCain IS a social moderate who is far more fiscally sensible than who's in office now. Historically Repubs do better in elections and governance when they are real conservatives rather than Dem lite.

RE: What a Shock!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/12/2010 9:38:43 AM , Rating: 2
He is very conservative.

Not anymore.

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs

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