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    FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

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    Internet application and content companies, what some refer to as “edge providers,” are increasingly concerned by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) newfound ability to regulate the Internet, and rightfully so.

    For years, edge providers — Pandora, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, WhatsApp, to name just a few — have flourished from the government’s hands-off approach to the Internet. Both Republicans and Democrats championed a structure that allowed the “application layer” of Internet architecture to be free from government intervention, apart from occasional Federal Trade Commission activity. That is now subject to change.

    A very real threat is that edge providers could fall within the reach of the FCC’s newly invented authority to regulate the Internet under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently announced the Commission will seek comment on proposed new net neutrality rules that will “meet the court’s test.” His focus may be on broadband providers, but edge providers shouldn’t be lulled into complacency. The notion of preserving an “open Internet” is so vague that any rules meant to accomplish that goal could unintentionally impact edge providers’ business models.
    Awesome, more regulation. Why? Because we can.
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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    This regulatory control is going to end badly.

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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    This guy is utterly ignorant and has no idea what he is talking about, but still managed to somehow end up reaching the right conclusion for the wrong reasons. Today the forces of stupidity and incompetence score one for the good guys.

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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

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    Awesome, more regulation. Why? Because we can.
    I'm at the point where I'd just get rid of the FCC. There are legitimate purposes of it, protection of property and such to ensure no piracy...but they are far far far over the line.
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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

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    Awesome, more regulation. Why? Because we can.
    Electing someone like Obama... and people are shocked by this?
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    Awesome, more regulation. Why? Because we can.
    A very real threat is that edge providers could fall within the reach of the FCC’s newly invented authority to regulate the Internet under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
    So the FCC is using powers created under a bill passed by a Republican House & Republican Senate and you're... blaming Obama? ODS in full swing with this one. Again, bill sponsored by Republicans, passed by Republicans and now complained about its usage by Republicans. Your post is like being mad that Republicans will use the nuclear option promoted by Harry Reid.
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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Electing someone like Obama... and people are shocked by this?
    Obama isn't the cause of this. This is the Republocrat machine in full force, enlarging government as quickly and aggressively as possible. Obama is just 1 cog in the machine.
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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    So the FCC is using powers created under a bill passed by a Republican House & Republican Senate and you're... blaming Obama? ODS in full swing with this one. Again, bill sponsored by Republicans, passed by Republicans and now complained about its usage by Republicans. Your post is like being mad that Republicans will use the nuclear option promoted by Harry Reid.
    No the FCC is reinterpreting some that was use one way for a very long time.
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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    So the FCC is using powers created under a bill passed by a Republican House & Republican Senate and you're... blaming Obama? ODS in full swing with this one. Again, bill sponsored by Republicans, passed by Republicans and now complained about its usage by Republicans. Your post is like being mad that Republicans will use the nuclear option promoted by Harry Reid.
    Hmm...did you read the article? From the article....

    Congress never intended to give the FCC that authority. I know because I was in the room, as a congressional staffer, when that deal was made. For years, the FCC held the same conclusion. But in 2010, when the FCC’s attempt to use other statutory provisions to regulate broadband providers failed, it re-interpreted Section 706 as a new legal basis to impose net neutrality restrictions. Although, the D.C. Circuit vacated most of those restrictions in January, the decision explicitly sanctioned Section 706 as an independent grant of regulatory authority.

    As a result, we now live in a world where the FCC can arguably adopt almost any rule that conceivably promotes broadband deployment. As Judge Laurence Silberman summarized in his dissent: “Presto, we have a new statute granting the FCC virtually unlimited power to regulate the Internet.”
    So...your contention is that Republicans shouldn't be mad because a clause that was made by them is being re-interpreted to mean something that they never meant it to be interpreted as? Why shouldn't they be mad? If you went and called some asian as being an asshole would you be pissed if someone went and interpreted that as calling all asians assholes, thereby putting you in a racist light with all of your asian friends? (just for the sake of arguement lets say you do have asian friends if you don't OK?) I would imagine that you'd be pretty pissed. And you'd have a right to be. So...why shouldn't repbulicans be pissed if someone re-interprets a clause that they made?
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    Re: FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    Awesome, more regulation. Why? Because we can.
    What do you expect?

    If it isnt regulated to hell and back then whatever is left isnt over taxed into oblivion its not OK to use according to our government.

    We are fighting it right now with the FDA and vaporizers (AKA e-cigs)

    The US government has to have its dirty paws in every single thing and if they cant figure out how to get their greedy grubby little fingers in it they simply make it illegal.
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