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An internal struggle has broken out at the FCC over Chairman Julius Genachowski's surprise announcement minutes before midnight Wednesday that he intends to pursue a full Commission vote on Net neutrality rules four days before Christmas. "I strongly oppose this ill-advised maneuver," said FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell in a prepared statement released just minutes after Genachowski explained his reasoning. "Such rules would upend three decades of bipartisan and international consensus that the Internet is best able to thrive in the absence of regulation."
"The greatest advantage might be given to the carriers," he said. Wired carriers could get approval -(NOTE)-to build new premium subscriber services-(NOTE)-, while wireless carriers "get the ability to manage traffic -- without blocking it -- in order to maintain the service levels they want to deliver to their customers. These are real wins for the carriers."
Yeah, that's a sneaky way of saying "We're going to charge you extra to use Facebook, and Google." They want to turn it into the cable TV of my generation. I hope our Congresspeople are smart enough to realize what building new premium subscriber services means. Net Nutrality is not the Government trying to grab power, it's the Government trying to protect the Internet.
First Thank You Mr. Martin for reporting on this subject. The FCC does not regulate the Internet & they should Not regulate the Internet. In less then 2 years our government has swiftly taken the power away from the people with ObamaCare, Farm bill, home mortages etc. Enough is Enough, We do NOT need the government hands tinkering with the Internet/Internet Services & the last I heard their powers do NOT allow them to regulate the Internet, Let It Be.
If the US government is concerned about improving the state of communications, i.e. Net neutrality/regulation, it would behoove it to consider providing Internet AND telephone service to all citizens without charge. As it currently stands, it is an impossibility to contact ANY gov't service or office without one or the other. Don't even bother showing up at an office (should you even have the resources to travel there) without having contacted them electronically. And yet, both are considered by support agencies as luxury items, and will be counted against you when configuring the amount of aid one receives. It is now the new millenium, and high time the current mandates are reviewed and updated. Apologies for sounding so snarky, but since I must have a phone (I am disabled and must contact emergency services several times a year to obtain transportation to the hospital) and an online student (doing my best to once again become a contributing member of society), this is an issue that hits home not only for me, but no doubt countless others.
I failed to mention my compliments to Mr. Martin for an excellent post. Good job reporting, sir.