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Comments on news posted 2011-01-20 16:28:14: When the FCC's new neutrality rules were unveiled we noted they were paper thin, didn't ask ISPs to do anything they weren't doing voluntarily, didn't cover wireless networks, and quite possibly might not be enforceable anyway. ..

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viperlmw
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join:2005-01-25
reply to dwdsew

Re: Actually a good thing

I like how you think


Thatgeekinit

join:2002-05-01
Washington, DC

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Actually the FCC has the weapon!

It's really simple. Rather than bend over backwards trying to give carriers 90% of what they want by avoiding fully using the Communications Act for what it was meant for, just use it fully. Define Verizon and AT&T and Comcast etc as common carriers complete with full regulation and line-sharing requirements for copper, coax, fiber, and wireless!

Its not regulation, its simply the law. The challenges that the FCC keeps losing are because the FCC tries to find a middle way between regulating them as common carriers which the law was written to do and not regulating them at all which is what the monopolists want. The FCC should completely implement the Comm Act and then lets see if the Corporatist DC Circuit Court can try to figure out a way to rule in Verizon/Comcast's favor again given that the FCC took the law exactly as intended and implemented it like they used to do.
Afterall if a baby bell is not a common carrier, then nothing is a common carrier.



TamaraB
Question The Current Paradigm
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join:2000-11-08
Da Bronx

And they should use it immediately, before any more of this nonsense takes place.


sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1
reply to PDXPLT

Re: Didn't....

Uh... if they just reclassified telecom under Title II, they'd have the authority to do whatever the heck they want.


sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1

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reply to Thatgeekinit

Re: Actually the FCC has the weapon!

Sigh... that one single act would solve almost all the problems in US telecom.


old_wiz_60

join:2005-06-03
Bedford, MA

Why sue?

they own enough members of Congress to get the FCC muzzled. Verizon would love to regulate content by charging extra to just access specific sites or block them entirely.

verizon will win because they pay enough to Congress.



XLT

@cablevision.com
reply to PDXPLT

Re: Challenging FCC authority more than rules themselves

So are you saying that the FCC is above Congress and the courts?


PDXPLT

join:2003-12-04
Banks, OR
reply to sonicmerlin

Re: Didn't....

Yea, and until/unless they do that, they're severely limited. Do you think they ever would? Politically I don't think they could get away with it.



anon6

@comcast.net

Yeah

They should just make them common carriers, and add rules that would make it easier for new companies to start up and compete.



Bill Neilson
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join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

All big companies will spend like crazy in DC and

around the country to make sure that they can charge whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want with little to no care for consumers

Not surprising