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hottboiinnc4
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join:2003-10-15
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Re: $10 broadband, by whos definition?

you think they're going to listen to the FCC. After this is approved; Comcast and their lawyers and legal team slap the FCC so fast it won't even be funny.

The FCC has NO legal power to enforce nor require any of these things done. Why doesn't anyone on here get that??!?!?!?!?! The FCC has NO LEGAL POWER over the Internet. It is NOT a telecommuncations service NOR operate over the public airwaves.


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said by hottboiinnc4:

The FCC has NO legal power to enforce nor require any of these things done. Why doesn't anyone on here get that??!?!?!?!?! The FCC has NO LEGAL POWER over the Internet. It is NOT a telecommuncations service NOR operate over the public airwaves.

Not exactly true.. The FCC took over wire communication regulation from the Interstate Commerce Commission...however it's regulation authority is only on the interstate portion, and defining what qualifies as interstate vs intrastate or local service and most of the regulations written are more aplicable to telephony and broadcast rather than other electronic media (internet/network/computer apps).
worse of all there is little money, documentation or guidance (congressional mandates) towards ENFORCEMENT. i.e. even if they had a clue what to do, there is little case law or mechinism as to HOW to enforce their goals.
Also they do recognize the internet media and communication is still evolving and don't wish to create any barriers which may block some unforseen new application or development (like most bureaucracies, the FCC is slow, plodding, and cautious (perhaps excessively) and is number of years behind the times...no where near the cutting edge)

amigo_boy

join:2005-07-22
reply to hottboiinnc4
said by hottboiinnc4:

The FCC has NO legal power to enforce nor require any of these things done. Why doesn't anyone on here get that??!?!?!?!?!

The FCC apparently believes it does. Congress hasn't taken any steps to rein in the FCC's interpretation of the existing Communications Act. The FCC proceeded with so-called "neutrality" even after the federal appellate court ruled the FCC had no authority.

It seems like the FCC is pushing for Congress or the Supreme Court to decide. Making proposals to the FCC indicates Comcast doesn't want to force the issue either.

I think everyone knows that if an ISP began acting like the FCC has no power, Congress or the Supreme Court would act. For example, if an ISP began blocking VoIP (to promote its own preferred VoIP service), or charging extra to watch teevee on the internet.

So, the FCC has power. We just don't know exactly what that power is yet. The FCC has taken steps to force the issue. For example, the new Congress will get the fun job of dealing with the devils in the details rather than sitting on the sidelines and screaming "No!"