Net Neutrality has been a hot topic this year. FCC, who does not have the authority to regulate the internet, is going to regulate it anyway through new Net Neutrality Rules this Dec 21st 2010 after Congress has gone home and the courts have shut down for the Holiday. Thanks to the hard work of Seton Motley of www.stopnetregulation.org, he has created a detailed video summary of what Net Neutrality will mean to you and why you should care about what the FCC is doing.
More importantly, there is a solution. There are many petitions pushing back against against the net Neutrality Rules. Since, we know FCC is going to push these new rules whether you like it or not, then this is what you can have Congress do in the first 60 days in session this January 2011 that will help stop the FCC.
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Letter To Congress
It is my understanding that Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC is pushing Net Neutrality Rules, to address what he calls “Broadband Issues”. Scott Cleland, Chairman of NetCompetition.org says,
“If the FCC changes the way it treats high-speed Internet, then everybody in the industry would sue. It would be like an 8.0 earthquake under the sector,” he adds. “Hundreds of billions of dollars have been invested (in broadband) in the belief that there’d be a market rate of return, not a regulated rate.” http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2010-04-13-broadband13_ST_N.htm .
A court decision back in April of this year sided with Comcast that the “FCC does not have the Authority under the current regulatory scheme to Regulate the internet.” http://www.pcworld.com/article/193560/court_rules_against_fccs_comcast_net_neutrality_decision.html
Yet, without any Constitutional authority, the FCC, under the cover of darkness is going to regulate the internet whether we like it or not……
To preserve that the Free Market and Free Speech exists on the Internet, in the first 60 days of the new Congress on January 2011 support The Congressional Review Act,
“This is the text of the Congressional Review Act, a part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, also called the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to review every new federal regulation issued by the government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, overrule a regulation.”
Restrain the FCC’s over-reaching authority, called “Net Neutrality”, of the Internet. All you need is thirty senator signatures and it gets this issue to the floor. I know this can not be filibustered. Find 47 Republicans and 4 Democrats to support this and overrule FCC’s regulation that will effect free speech and Free Market over the Internet within 60 days.
My friends and colleagues will be following this issue closely.