Wednesday, March 09, 2011
NY Times clarifies the logic of Verizon's suit, and the weakness of FCC's position
On March 7, the New York Times ran an editorial that explains the issue of the FCC’s “jurisdiction”: very limited over “information services” (that is, the media, whether professional or “amateur”), but considerable over telecommunications, which are seen as utilities. The link is here.
The Bush administration had regarded the Internet as a form of “media” rather than a service (and I have to admit, that is how I used it for self-publication in the early years). It’s not necessarily so much in Obama’s political interest, ultimately, to change that.
So Verizon sues the FCC, and it may well have a case.