MSM: New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access

(WallStreetJournal) – In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.

The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates.

Breaking a deadlock within his agency, Mr. Genachowski is expected Thursday to outline his plan for regulating broadband lines. He wants to adopt “net neutrality” rules that require Internet providers like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to treat all traffic equally, and not to slow or block access to websites.

The decision has been eagerly awaited since a federal appeals court ruling last month cast doubt on the FCC’s authority over broadband lines, throwing into question Mr. Genachowski’s proposal to set new rules for how Internet traffic is managed. The court ruled the FCC had overstepped when it cited Comcast in 2008 for slowing some customers’ Internet traffic.  Read More Here

One thought on “MSM: New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access

  1. CRTC approves usage-based internet billing.

    The CRTC has approved Bell Canada’s request to bill internet customers, both retail and wholesale, based on how much they download each month.

    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/05/06/crtc-usage-based-billing-internet.html

    JUST ANOTHER MEANS OF REGULATING THE INTERNET…HIT US WHERE IT HURTS US THE MOST.

    Truth is…’they’ just can’t stand having the other side of the page (them), displayed.

    Nothing’s more deadly to a creature of illusion and obscurity, than light and clarity – Ayn Rand.

    On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jailbreak – Robert Anton Wilson.

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