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The FCC’s Threat to Internet Freedom

Posted By admin On December 20, 2010 @ 5:26 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

ROBERT M. MCDOWELL
Wall St Journal [1]
Dec 20, 2010

Tomorrow morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will mark the winter solstice by taking an unprecedented step to expand government’s reach into the Internet by attempting to regulate its inner workings. In doing so, the agency will circumvent Congress and disregard a recent court ruling.

How did the FCC get here?

For years, proponents of so-called “net neutrality” have been calling for strong regulation of broadband “on-ramps” to the Internet, like those provided by your local cable or phone companies. Rules are needed, the argument goes, to ensure that the Internet remains open and free, and to discourage broadband providers from thwarting consumer demand. That sounds good if you say it fast.

Nothing is broken and needs fixing, however. The Internet has been open and freedom-enhancing since it was spun off from a government research project in the early 1990s. Its nature as a diffuse and dynamic global network of networks defies top-down authority. Ample laws to protect consumers already exist. Furthermore, the Obama Justice Department and the European Commission both decided this year that net-neutrality regulation was unnecessary and might deter investment in next-generation Internet technology and infrastructure.

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[4] FCC Sets Sail on Internet Rulemaking: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fcc-sets-sail-on-internet-rulemaking.html

[5] Who poses the real threat to the Internet?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/who-poses-the-real-threat-to-the-internet.html

[6] Google’s call for open Internet hedged in its own rules: http://www.prisonplanet.com/googles-call-for-open-internet-hedged-in-its-own-rules.html

[7] Net Neutrality Regulation vs. Internet Freedom: http://www.prisonplanet.com/net-neutrality-regulation-vs-internet-freedom.html

[8] Google Italy Ruling ‘Threat to Internet Freedom’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-italy-ruling-threat-to-internet-freedom.html

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