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House Passes First Measure to Overhaul FCC Powers

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Nov 17, 2011, 1:23 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee on Wednesday approved the FCC Process Reform Act, which aims to curtail the Federal Communication Commission's ability to create new industry regulations. The bill, backed by republicans, will make it more process-intensive for the FCC to enact new legislation of its own. For example, if the bill is passed in its current form, the FCC will have to gather public opinion about issues before starting rule-making procedures; clearly show where harm to consumers might occur; and detail how any new regulations would be cost-effective to enact. "Consistency and transparency from the FCC will not only produce better decisions, they will help create confidence and certainty that will promote increased investment, innovation, and jobs," said Michigan Republican Fred Upton in a statement. "Expecting transparency and accountability from Congress and from federal agencies should be a nonpartisan issue." The draft bill was passed in a vote of 14-9, with democrats dissenting. Some group and corporations believe that the FCC has over-stepped its mandate in recent years, citing the FCC's proposed net neutrality regulations as a prime example.

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Nov 17, 2011, 1:42 PM

As long as...

Oh no... the internet was protected from a corporation (group of rich people) taking over... such a terrible thing.
whoops, forgot to change the title...

Nov 17, 2011, 1:44 PM

This will probably be dead on arrival

at the senate level.
You are probably right, and i'm glad that it will be. All this equates to is a backdoor way for then to stop net nuetrality. Corps have spent a lot of money lobbying to make sure that NN gets stopped because if it does then it would ensure that they c...

Nov 17, 2011, 8:17 PM

Republicans are backing this legislation

That is your first clue that this new bill is wanting to ram you in your nether regions as hard and fast as they can.

Republicans don't give a crud about you. They ONLY care about their corporate donors. Many democrats are like that, but for the most part no Republican cares about your rights over the rights of a company to enslave you.

If you don't believe me then you're not in-the-know enough to realize that there are representatives who say stuff like "Free/Reduced lunch programs in schools are morally wrong because those kids should be eating breakfast with their family at the table, not going to school for a free meal"

Republican senators don't know what it's like to be a hard working person who likes technology, but sees the p...
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