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    FEC backs off flirtation with regulating Internet

    FEC backs off flirtation with regulating Internet | Fox News

    Democratic members of the Federal Election Commission on Thursday backed off any consideration of regulating political Internet content, after a public outcry and pressure from Republican colleagues.

    The commissioners, in a Washington meeting, sought to calm a controversy that started last fall -- when incoming Chairwoman Ann Ravel said a "re-examination" of the agency's approach to the Internet was "long overdue."

    This triggered concerns that the campaign-finance regulator could try targeting YouTube videos and other posts to make sure their creators file spending reports. But after the FEC received thousands of public comments opposing Internet intervention, Ravel stressed Thursday she was "never" proposing any such rules

    Guess in light of Citizens United this is hardly surprising.

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    Re: FEC backs off flirtation with regulating Internet

    Not surprising at all, everyone was terrified at the "phone company" regulation and taxation control model applied to the Internet.
    "Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.

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    Re: FEC backs off flirtation with regulating Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Not surprising at all, everyone was terrified at the "phone company" regulation and taxation control model applied to the Internet.
    The surprising part is that they backed off at all. Government is always looking for more power and control.

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    Re: FEC backs off flirtation with regulating Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    The surprising part is that they backed off at all. Government is always looking for more power and control.
    While very true, in this case I think a major consideration was how much impact this would have on the election process of obtaining funding and distribution of campaign materials. Plus we always have constitutional rights considerations on top of the Citizens United ruling making this a real headache for regulators.
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    Re: FEC backs off flirtation with regulating Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    The surprising part is that they backed off at all. Government is always looking for more power and control.
    they can't get the nice things they want if they don't have the political capital to purchase them... in this case, they were basically broke, but wanted to buy a Cadillac.

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    Re: FEC backs off flirtation with regulating Internet

    but i was told that dictatorial internet censorship was forthcoming because we didn't let the comcast monopoly make slow lanes.

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