FCC Pondering “Net Neutrality” Take Two


Get ready for another epic battle over regulation of the internet. And The Hill is out with a really bad article about it.

First, take a look at this:

Under the agency’s old net neutrality rules, Internet providers were regulated as “Title I” or “information” services.

Phone companies, in contrast, are classified as “Title II” or “telecommunications” services, meaning they are regulated more like utility companies.

While Wheeler initially focused on rewriting the net neutrality rules under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, he began focusing more seriously on reclassification after a backlash from Democrats on the Commission and on Capitol Hill.

The pressure from lawmakers and industry players — including Internet companies such as Netflix and Mozilla — has intensified since May, when the FCC voted to move ahead with Wheeler’s plan to rewrite the net neutrality rules, which had prevented Internet providers from slowing or blocking access to websites.

This week, 13 Democratic senators — led by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and including Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — wrote to Wheeler, pushing him to reclassify.

Of course Democrats want the FCC to reclassify internet services into the more tightly regulated Title II category. Democrats have rarely if ever met a regulation they didn’t like. They don’t think anyone except those in the Leftist Elite can live their lives without the government, as “Life of Julia” showed. As this Daily Caller article shows, when the FCC decided it could run Ma Bell better than multiple independent companies competing for business, they made mistake after mistake after mistake. For example, it took sixty years to achieve near-universal (94%) basic phone service in the US. It took ten years to do better (98%) with broadband internet provided under Title I.

The Hill also can’t name a single Republican who joined those 13 Democrats, yet they try to position the reclassification as anything but partisan.

Cathy Sloan, vice president of Government Relations for the Computer and Communications Industry Association, said the first court defeat has raised the stakes for the FCC.

“When the Commission was trying to build a rule where there was none before, expectations weren’t so high,” said Sloan, whose group includes Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

As Internet becomes a more crucial part of most Americans’ everyday lives, reclassification becomes less of a political issue, Sloan said.

“Beyond the Beltway, it’s not a partisan issue,” she said.

Note those three big companies named. Google, who has given Democrats more than twice what they’ve given to Republicans (including a $164,000 donation to “DNC Services Corp.”); Facebook, who’s given more than ten times as much to various Democrats including Nancy Pelosi as they donated to the RNC, and of course Microsoft, who like Google gives over double the donations to Democrats that they give to Republicans. So the CCIA is mostly a Democrat mouthpiece, not a non-partisan group as The Hill tries to paint them.

Net neutrality is a leftist Democrat proposal that leftistmedia outlets like The Hill are desperately trying to convince the voters isn’t leftist or Democrat. Help spread the word about the truth to your friends.

 

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Conservative Wanderer is currently Editor-in-Chief of That's Freedom You Hear! That means anything that goes wrong can be blamed on him. Previously he was a contributor to the PJ Tatler.

Posted in Domestic Policy, FCC, Media bias, Net neutrality

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