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FCC Looks to Quash MetroPCS, Verizon Lawsuits

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Jan 28, 2011, 2:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Federal Communication Commission has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuits concerning net neutrality filed against it by MetroPCS and Verizon Wireless. Both MetroPCS and Verizon sued the FCC over its proposed net neutrality regulations, which they say exceed the FCC's jurisdiction. They are seeking to prevent the FCC from passing the proposed laws. The FCC argues, "The Court should dismiss MetroPCS’s notice of appeal because it was filed prior to publication of the Open Internet Order in the Federal Register and is thus jurisdictionally barred." The technicality means the lawsuits are invalid, though Verizon and MetroPCS claim there is an exception to standard procedure when proposed rules will have a direct effect on specific parties. In December 2010, the FCC published a number of rules to be used in governing both wired and wireless broadband networks.

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mkl4466

Jan 28, 2011, 8:53 PM

even if we disagree on where the regulation comes from

Can we agree that the principle of net neutrality is undeniably good for consumers and good for small business? It gives everyone a fair, even playing field, encourages innovation, protects our privacy, and squashes discrimination.
If the government wanted to "control" the internet, we would be having a different discussion. But the FCC isn't sniffing our packets, they aren't regulating what we as consumers say, do, or look at, use, or access while online (as long as we don't violate any other laws), they aren't demanding that the ISPs turn their servers over to the government or telling the ISPs they can't charge us to access the internet. Net Neutrality regulation simply keeps the ISPs from changing the fundamental guideline of how the in...
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mkl4466 said:
Can we agree that the principle of net neutrality is undeniably good for consumers and good for small business?


That's not what the corporations want, and they run the country.

The educated people w...
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Can we agree that the principle of net neutrality is undeniably good for consumers and good for small business?

Absolutely NOT. 'Net neutrality' is an Orwellian term which means 'government control of the Internet'

That we don't want 'corporati...
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"Can anyone honestly provide any valid argument against the concept that net neutrality is beneficial, and even necessary, to keep the internet as we know it alive and kicking?"

The better question is 'where is the evidence that regulation is neede...
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Net neutrality is also the path of HARD data caps, of your phone calls dropping because the guy next to you is streaming porn 24/7, and it's the path to higher rates for everyone.

Net Neutrality, as in One IP costs the same to you as a user to acce...
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trenen

Jan 28, 2011, 6:31 PM

Of course they did

Why on earth would a government division restructured by the current Whitehouse administration think that making up illegal laws is wrong? I hope to god this 'quash' doesn't happen or there really is no limit to this new government we are being forced into.
Your so called constitutional arguments have been refuted time & again in numerous recent threads. But you conveniently ignore those cogent rebuttals and blabber on w/ your irrational anti government rhetoric. Apparently, "there really is no limit" ...
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I don't get it. Since world war II there have been 5 wars that I can think of. Not one of them has been declared by congress. The last administration was literally syping on it's citezens without a warrant, and you pick now to be upset that the fcc ...
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