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Republicans Attempt to Defang the FCC

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Jan 17, 2015, 9:11 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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. Moreover, the Republican proposal won't reclassify the internet as a public utility under Title II of the 1934 Telecommunications Act, which is the direction the FCC and President Obama are headed. The Republican bill would also restrict the FCC from expanding its authority over broadband companies beyond enforcing existing rules. The FCC is expected to publish its net neutrality plan on Feb. 5.

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Jan 19, 2015, 6:38 PM

.......except for data management purposes

A wolf in sheep's clothing to me. There is the "out" to the ISP's the bulk of which are monopolies or duopolies (broadband & DSL). They just won't be able to "data manage" Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.....well unless if maybe you subscribe to their silver TV package or above at $110+/month. I love the "nothing needs oversight ever & we need little or no government at all, companies will just do the right thing". LOL......OK.....on this planet?? A strong FCC is in OUR interest as consumers & internet pretty much is a utility in 2015 America isn't it?

Jan 19, 2015, 2:20 PM

Why would anyone think the republicans would ever do anything good for the people?

Their proposal isnt good for the people, it defangs the FCC and still allows for network throttling, but instead of being for clearly defined reasons, its for "data management purposes". Which can be anything the provider says it is, data management is a big wide generic term and since the FCC wont have any power any longer, they wont be able to do anything about it in any case.

The only reason the Pubs are on this path is that Obama wants to make internet a utility which will lead to more rules for the mega-corp monopoly leeches, like you have to have a complaint department and you have to take responsibility when you screw up your customers account and then overcharge them for it, as is current monopoly leech SOP.
"Oh we turned you...
I don't think you know what a monopoly is. A monopoly is when there is only one provider for a particular product or service and no competition. Monopolies are a thing to worry about because without competition they can set whatever prices they want...
You sound like Al Sharpton, Bill Maher, and Rachel Maddow were your home room teachers in high school. I don't think I have seen a more biased or ignorant of the facts post since I have been here.

Jan 19, 2015, 11:12 AM

Quick and Nimble

In order to ensure the public's airwaves are used appropriately in the rapidly changing economic and technologic landscape in which we live the party that sees no legitimate use for government, other than to keep the war machine well oiled, decided to "restrict the FCC from expanding its authority over broadband companies beyond enforcing existing rules." That ought to help when something new comes up.
If you really think that republicans are "the party that sees no legitimate use for government, other than to keep the war machine well oiled", then you have totally missed what they are all about. You are taking their less is more way of governing a...

Jan 17, 2015, 10:20 PM

Wait, what?! Republicans actually PRO people?!

Let me get this straight, they're telling corporations to back off and don't tell me what I can, and cannot do with full speed on the internet?

If I am reading this correctly, my mind just LITERALLY exploded, and I need some cleaners to come over here and mop up.
Republicans are always Pro people... well at least a true republican. It's the democrats that want big brother to run everything and the democrats that don't care about the middle class. Democrats want it where everyone depends on the government for t...
While you're reading the headline and summary correctly...the likelyhood of there being huge loopholes for "data management" is high.

Jan 17, 2015, 5:15 PM

Good too much Gov't anyway!

😁 There is way too much Government regulation as it is. I don't want to pay more for my internet just to get to the stuff I want or need. These big companies keep making excuses to try and limit the net as it is. Back in the day everyone was sold on Unlimited Data when the resources were not all in place and the price cost them more to provide. Fast forward to today and you have to pay for the data you are using. The price comes down when the capacity expands but the consumers are having to pay more to get less. The price will always keep going up and the consumers get the short end of the stick. I like the option of shared data if it fits the needs of the consumer but there should be an option for those who need the unlimited data to be ab...
"Like," and "+1" to that!
I agree as well. People forget that it was govt regulations by local governments that led to the situation we have now where local govts would award only one cable TV franchise in a geographic area. By the time this was outlawed in 1992 by the Cable...
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