Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Judicial Blow to the FCC and Net Neutrality

We needed some good news: "...A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission and could even hamper the government's plans to expand broadband access in the United States.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC lacks authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks. That was a big victory for Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, which had challenged the FCC's authority to impose such "network neutrality" obligations on broadband providers.

Tuesday's unanimous ruling by the three-judge panel was a setback for the FCC because it questioned the agency's authority to regulate broadband. That could cause problems beyond the FCC's effort to adopt official net neutrality regulations. It also has serious implications for the ambitious national broadband-expansion plan released by the FCC last month..." (source)

The group behind the push for net neutrality (or, the online version of the Fairness Doctrine) is headed up by a man named Robert McChesney. A man that said these things just last year:

"Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself."

"There is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles."

"We need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimalize it and perhaps even eliminate it."

Read through his thought process.

Of course when you Google "Net Neutrality myths", Google gives you the ACLU "debunking" those myths at the top spot, then the aforementioned Robert McChesney's group Free Press (kinda've a conflict of interest, eh?)...but thankfully for those that decide to do a bit of research and not rely on the purposefully misleading name (much like the "Fairness Doctrine")...they do offer one decent page.

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