FCC Recommends Complete Overhaul of USF and ICC
Today, Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski published a memorandum on its thoughts about the Universal Service Fund and the Intercarrier Compensation system. In the note, Genachowski calls both the USF and ICC flawed in their current forms, and in need of reform. He says that they are outdated and do not serve U.S. citizens in the way that they should. The FCC proposes that, in concert with the National Broadband Plan, the USF and ICC be rewritten with four main goals in mind. Those pillars include: modernizing the programs to support broadband networks; ensuring fiscal responsibility; demanding accountability; and enacting market-driven and incentive-based policies. The FCC will vote on a proposal for changing the USF and ICC on February 8, and hopes to enact a two-stage process for their reform. The goal is to do away with the iCC over time, and use the funds collected by the USF to more effectively deliver broadband to Americans who don't have access to it.
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.
School Internet Plan Would Raise Phone Taxes 17.2%
The FCC will propose to increase spending on school internet services, and the money will come from a surge in taxes on wired and wireless telephone bills. Under the FCC's proposal, which is not yet public, it will increase the annual cap on school internet spending from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion.
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.
Consumer Groups Demand Broadband Privacy Laws
Dozens of consumer action groups have petitioned the FCC to install regulations that would protect the privacy of the nation's wired and wireless broadband users. The groups believe broadband providers — including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others — should be subject to tough privacy standards.
FCC Chief Says Title II Is the Way Forward for Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes both mobile and wired networks need to be regulated as utilities. In an opinion piece published by Wired, Wheeler outlined the broad strokes of his plan, which he believes will protect consumers and still promote investment in broadband.
Just because the constitution doesn't grant the fed goverment to do something means nothing, I am sure there is a judge somewhere that will say it is okay.
The purpose of the FCC is to silence and censor speech the government finds unacceptable
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