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MaynardKrebs
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The equivalent of M.M.S. regulating offshore oil drilling

....and we all know just how well that worked out.

While the framework notes that Verizon and Google's plan would give the FCC the power to fine companies up to $2 million for offenses, it then goes to great length to argue that the FCC should have no substantive power of any kind over broadband ISPs, with offenses instead overseen by what will ultimately be the industry itself:
The FCC would enforce the consumer protection and nondiscrimination requirements through case-by-case adjudication, but would have no rule making authority with respect to those provisions. Parties would be encouraged to use non- governmental dispute resolution processes established by independent, widely recognized Internet community governance initiatives, and the FCC would be directed to give appropriate deference to decisions or advisory opinions of such groups.
Parties would be encouraged to use non- governmental dispute resolution processes established by independent, widely recognized Internet community governance initiatives, and the FCC would be directed to give appropriate deference to decisions or advisory opinions of such groups.
-Verizon and Google's neutrality framework


In other words, the FCC would act as a show pony, whose authority in issues of enforcement would be superseded by groups created and run by the telecom industry.