Republicans Likely to Fight Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC plans to vote on its proposed net neutrality rules on Feb. 26, but members of the Republican party have signaled their intent to fight the new measures. The FCC has spent the better part of a year crafting new rules regarding the regulation of broadband services. President Obama asked the FCC to classify broadband as a utility, which would place it under heavy regulatory scrutiny moving forward. With control of both the House and the Senate, Republicans figure they can squash such attempts by the FCC. "The regulatory tools at the FCC's disposal are outdated and its previous efforts to create rules to regulate the Internet were struck down by the courts," said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. "It's hard to imagine that its new attempt will escape legal challenges and avoid the kind of regulatory uncertainty that harms Internet innovation and investment." A Republican staffer with the House of Representatives told the Wall Street Journal that "all options are the the table" when it comes to blocking the FCC's rules, such as cutting the agency's funding or using the Congressional Review Act, which lets Congress nix rules created by federal agencies. The FCC has already conceded that it will likely face legal challenges from broadband industry players. The agency is expected to publish its final version of the rules in early February.
Republicans to Battle FCC Broadband Plan
Republicans contend the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules are evidence that the White House has taken control of the agency and must be stopped. "The president gave a speech demanding that the FCC seize control of the Internet and treat it as a government-regulated utility," said Senator Ted Cruz, referring to President Barack Obama's November statement.
Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules.
FCC to Vote On Net Neutrality in February
The FCC plans to vote on rules regarding net neutrality in February. The FCC expects to circulate a final proposal of the rules in the early part of the month and vote on them during its scheduled February 26 open meeting.
Republicans Attempt to Defang the FCC
Republicans proposed net neutrality legislation of their own on Friday that could significantly weaken the FCC's power over regulator internet providers. The bill, drafted by Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, would make it illegal for network operators to throttle data or offer paid prioritization schemes — except for data management purposes.
Some Regulation Is Necessary
1. Capitalism Free Market - the people who believe, those with the most money and means to do so, should, and will, and have all the right to set the pace and market as they see fit. Even if it is detrimental to the consumer, public at large, and competitive drive and innovation.
2. Competitive Market - the people who believe that any and all players, even small ones, should be given benefits as the big players. This means things such as access to broadband, waivers for taxes, fast permitting for deployment of their technology, and increasing the number of players in a general area to drive the innovation for the benefit of the consumer, public at large, and private sector.
What we need is a little ...
Government Cannot Create What it Regulates
The last thing we need is more busy bodies telling everyone what to do and how to do it. People like that obviously did not get the attention they needed fron their parents.