Saturday, October 03, 2009

GOP tries to block FCC administrative net neutrality rules

In late September, some Republican senators moved to bloc FCC proposals to use its administrative authority to enforce network neutrality rules on telecommunications companies.

A typical story is by John Eggerton of Multichannel News, “.Republicans Move To Block FCC's Network Neutrality Initiative: Hutchison Introduces Amendment To Appropriations Bill Prohibiting Agency From Spending Money To 'Implement New Regulatory Mandates'”. The link is here.

The resolution was introduced as an amendment to an appropriations bill. Cosponsors were Senators John Ensign (R-Nev.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), David Vitter (R-La.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) The GOP statement suggests that the party believes that policy should emphasize technical upgrades for everyone, and bring broadband speeds up to those in South Korea and Japan; doing so, even if allowing preferences, will help ordinary speakers and consumers more than government-enforced, neutrality, they argue.

On Monday Sept. 28 The Washington Post ran an editorial "The FCC's Heavy Hand: Federal regulators should not be telling Internet service providers how to run their businesses", link here. The Post is appropriately critical of Mr. Genachowski's plans to micromanage what is a reasonably well running marketplace. I was a bit surprised by the editorial.

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