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Republicans Likely to Fight Net Neutrality Rules

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Jan 4, 2015, 5:29 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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 "The regulatory tools at the FCC's disposal are outdated and its previous efforts to create rules to regulate the Internet were struck down by the courts," said Sen.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.



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Jan 5, 2015, 12:25 AM

Some Regulation Is Necessary

There are two camps in America -

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 ...
Well said.
You definition capitalist free markets looks like it was written by Stalin. Competition can only thrive in a free market system. What it looks like is that you are just unhappy with who is winning that competition. Free market competition offers equal...
Is that what some people really think a capitalist free market is about? It's no wonder we have the president we do with that sort of misinformation going around.

Jan 4, 2015, 11:20 PM

Government Cannot Create What it Regulates

Perhaps if regulators were required to understand the things they restrict, perhaps they would at least have the moral authority to do so. As it is, we have bureaucrats who tell companies where to put a power button that they have no clue how to activate.
Yes. This.
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.
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