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FCC Commissioner Pai Breaks Rank, Rails Against Net Neutrality

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Feb 10, 2015, 3:28 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for Chairman Tom Wheeler's net neutrality plan. Pai, who is one of two republicans serving on the FCC, clams the public is being misled about how onerous and controlling the plan truly is. Pai said, "Through broad and vague rules, President Obama's plan gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works." Pai made a number of accusations about Obama's plan. He said it opens the door to billions of dollars of new taxes on broadband; contains rate regulation (even though Wheeler said it doesn't); will steadily increase regulation over time; will be a boon to trial lawyers and will lead to more litigation; will reduce competition and decrease consumer choice; and will slow broadband speeds for American consumers and the deployment of high-speed broadband. Republicans have already made a number of threats against the net neutrality regulations, and Pai has joined a growing chorus of lawmakers speaking out against the rules. Wheeler has not yet made the rules public. The FCC is expected to vote on them Feb. 26 at its next open meeting.


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Feb 11, 2015, 3:09 PM

Communications Act of 1934 lol

Can we come up with some other meaningless buzz word designed to make someone seem smarter than they are? I keep seeing this used as some sort of symbol of government perfection like just by invoking those words, it makes socialism acceptable.

Let's not forget that the Act was designed, written and passed by arguably the most socialist left leaning group of law makers the US has ever seen. The legislation was modeled after similar takeover laws in Germany and Russia.
100% of Republicans opposed this Act.
This was followed by the "Fairness Doctrine" yet another socialist law designed to take over the press and free speech.
How anyone can sit here and honestly claim to be both against big government and FOR socialist laws written by so...
>>Can we come up with some other meaningless buzz word

It's not a buzz word. It's the name of an actual piece of legislation. The reason you keep seeing it mentioned is because it is the specific piece of legislation which would govern ISP's if the...
http://www.spectacle.org/896/mistake.html »

"The Communications Act of 1934 was a mistake that we have lived with for sixty years. It is time to recognize it for what it is: a substantial assault on the freedom of speech which has haunted us for most...

Feb 10, 2015, 5:22 PM

I thought the proposal

Was to classify them as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. But if there are extra rules that, "give[s] the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works' and "open[s] the door to billions of dollars of new taxes on broadband," I don't support that.

I would be very interested in seeing the proposed rules myself and am quite disturbed that they are being kept secret. I would also be curious to know exactly why Ajit Pai thinks the proposed rules would, "reduce competition and decrease consumer choice; and [will] slow broadband speeds for American consumers." I'm no more likely to believe this is the case just because he says so than I am to believe this is the correct course of ...
Come one man, don't you realize that every utility is totally jacked up?

I pay an absurd mout monthly in the following utilities:


It's govermental way to tax anything they can. That's proven fact.
Do you now understand why the government taking more control is not a good idea? This is the way it is with everything they propose. They talk to the public about the intent of what they are trying to accomplish and that's what everyone gets behind....

Feb 10, 2015, 9:02 PM

Yeah, let's just privatize the military, police, fire department, etc......

This notion that "government oversight" anywhere is an obstruction to freedom is just nuts. The mere fact that a monster anti-consumer (in their actions!) corporation like Verizon is fiercely against it makes me lean for it. I don't have a dog in this politically, DESPISE both parties but I also find it pathetic that the repubelicons & dummycraps almost always have to "fall in" to party line groupthink rather then having original thoughts/opinions on issues like this. It's like "oh wait, that's what my party thinks...... so OK what they said". Pathetic. BTW, we really know we're being screwed when they AGREE on something! Oversight over these vital services like this seem reasonable to me with all the underhanded shady dealings like ex...
Those said "dummy craps and republecons" would be in charge of said oversight.
Please don't ask triple digit IQ people to believe that the people you basically just called idiots can be successful in doing this without some sort of huge corrupt resul...

Feb 11, 2015, 4:16 PM

Socialists crack me up!

Not only do they never keep their promises or tell the truth about their intentions, they have the gall to DEMAND that you treat them with the utmost respect no matter how deviant their own behavior is. You must follow a set of rules they will never follow. You must debate them on their terms and they are insanely demanding when they do not get what they want. Socialism is now and always has been a crutch for weak people to demand or defraud those who actually produce so they themselves do not have to. If you do not follow the rules they supply, they attack you.
It doesn't matter if you are the head of the FCC or a pathetic troll on a website- socialist scum is socialist scum. And you can guarantee they will lie their butts off about being...

Feb 11, 2015, 4:01 PM

Does anyone else...

...hear the sad desperation of broken promises echoed across the wind? 😈

Maybe someone will put on a pair of my old undies and prance around pretending to be me again. 🤣

Feb 11, 2015, 1:15 PM

More evidence this is just a power play

http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/dems-on-fec-open-to- ... »

This article shines the light on Dem FEC regulators calling on limits and regulations for so-called political bloggers and news outlets like Drudge to limit their influence on voting.

So you can only support the party in power if you are a blogger... Awesome.

Feb 11, 2015, 4:30 AM

Reduce Competition?

Not sure exactly how you can "reduce competition" in an environment where 4 mega corps hold all the consumers. All 4 of those companies are "too big to fail" to the point where they wouldn't let 2 of them merge. For the wireless side anyway.

More importantly is the wired side broadband. We have 1-2 providers per area, with 0 competition in most cases. Please. REDUCE COMPETITION BELOW 0.
It is because, like most regulations, smaller companies usually cannot afford to implement them due to the financial burden. So, in effect, these regulations end up benefitting those bigger companies by eliminating potential competition before it even...

Feb 10, 2015, 3:43 PM


Pretty sure everyone with more than one brain cell or not drinking the Obama koolaid has said exactly this. It only took phonescoop a week to print this story.
This is typical Phonescoop LIBias. They should've published this a week BEFORE this happened.
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