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    FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

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    By Cecilia Kang
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, January 15, 2010; A22

    The Federal Communications Commission is considering aggressive moves to stake out its authority to oversee consumer access to the Internet, as a recent court hearing and industry opposition have cast doubt on its power over Web service providers.
    The FCC, which regulates public access to telephone and television services, has been working to claim the same role for the Internet. The stakes are high, as the Obama administration pushes an agenda of open broadband access for all and big corporations work to protect their enormous investments in a new and powerful medium.
    "This is a pivotal moment," said Ben Scott, director of policy at the public interest group Free Press. The government wants to treat broadband Internet as a national infrastructure, he said, like phone lines or the broadcast spectrum. But federal regulators are grappling with older policies that do not clearly protect consumers' access to the Web, their privacy or prices of service.
    The issue may have reached a turning point last week when a federal appeals court questioned the limits of the FCC's authority in a 2008 case involving Comcast. The agency had ordered the Internet and cable giant to stop blocking subscribers' access to the online file-sharing service BitTorrent. But in an oral hearing last Friday, three judges grilled an FCC lawyer over whether the agency had acted outside the scope of its authority.
    The appeals court is still hearing the case, but analysts predict that the FCC will lose and that the ruling could throw all of its efforts to oversee Internet access into question. A loss could undermine the legality of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's push for policies that would prohibit service providers from restricting customers' access to legal Web content -- the concept known as net neutrality -- and throw into doubt the agency's ability to oversee pricing and competition among Internet service providers.
    The agency said it will continue to argue that it had the authority to rule against Comcast, but it is making plans to deal with a loss.
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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

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    Obama is looking to control the Internet now. This socialist needs to be taught a lesson at the ballot box.
    Reading that article, it appeared to me that the FCC is attempting to reduce restrictions on the Internet.

    Then again, to do so they would have to have more authority over it, so in that you are correct.
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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

    The FCC needs to be told the Internet is not for them to control.

    This is an outrage.

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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

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    Obama is looking to control the Internet now. This socialist needs to be taught a lesson at the ballot box.
    Quote Originally Posted by YOU IN YOUR OWN OP
    The Federal Communications Commission is considering aggressive moves to stake out its authority to oversee consumer access to the Internet, as a recent court hearing and industry opposition have cast doubt on its power over Web service providers.
    The FCC, which regulates public access to telephone and television services, has been working to claim the same role for the Internet. The stakes are high, as the Obama administration pushes an agenda of open broadband access for all and big corporations work to protect their enormous investments in a new and powerful medium.
    It's the FCC that wants the control, Obama is pushing for internet openness. Can you read?

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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    It's the FCC that wants the control, Obama is pushing for internet openness. Can you read?
    Umm...

    I got the impression that Obama is pushing for the FCC to have more control over the internet in order to enforce internet openness.

    Not that they were opposed.

    Was I wrong?
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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Umm...

    I got the impression that Obama is pushing for the FCC to have more control over the internet in order to enforce internet openness.

    Not that they were opposed.

    Was I wrong?
    If that's true it doesn't make sense. Why do they need more control in order to make it less controlled. Just leave it as is.

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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    If that's true it doesn't make sense. Why do they need more control in order to make it less controlled. Just leave it as is.
    If you read the article linked in the OP, it appears that the FCC wants more power over the internet so they can prevent the various internet providers from blocking some things on the parts of the net they control.

    Edit: But I don't trust a government body to not then abuse that control.
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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

    The FCC needs more regulatory over the internet to keep ISPs from blocking content and favoring certain providers over others.

    In the case sited - Comcast was blocking access to BitTorrent. The FCC cannot tell Comcast to stop blocking BitTorrent unless it is given the power to do so.

    I guess you could think it about it like roads. Roads are highly regulated to allow for greater freedom of movement. No one is allowed to block the highway just because it runs past their house or town. So while roads are highly regulated they are open for all to access.

    Some interesting links on net neutrality -

    Cost-benefit analysis: net neutrality makes economic sense

    What is Net neutrality? - Definition from Whatis.com - see also: network neutrality, First Amendment of the Internet

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H69eCYcDcuQ"]YouTube- Ask A Ninja Special Delivery 4 "Net Neutrality"[/ame]

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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Reading that article, it appeared to me that the FCC is attempting to reduce restrictions on the Internet.

    Then again, to do so they would have to have more authority over it, so in that you are correct.
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    Re: FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access

    Councilman - really. Does this have anything to do with the topic?

    The FCC wants the authority to keep ISPs from blocking or downgrading internet traffic based on its use or source - as per the original topic of this thread.

    So the FCC wants to ensure that your ISP cannot interfere with traffic to favor its own content or the content of those companies that wish to pay for enhanced services.

    This seems so basic to me - perhaps I am missing something here? Are you suggesting that we rely on the good will of Comcast and ATT to keep things fair? Especially considering that these companies have monopolies on broad band cable in many parts of the country?

    Cable Television: An Unnatural Monopoly

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