House Panel to Vote on ‘Disapproving’ Net Neutrality

The congressional assault on network neutrality regulations adopted by the Democratic-led Federal Communications Commission in December continues Wednesday, March 2nd when the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee votes on a “resolution of disapproval” designed to derail the FCC’s requirements, which prohibit the blocking or degrading of online competitors.

The panel is headed by Republican Representative Greg Walden who successfully added an amendment to the Continuing Resolution that would bar the agency from using its funding to implement the rules.

Net neutrality advocates insist the regs are necessary to prevent broadband providers, especially major players such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, from dominating the Internet.

However, critics (such as myself) argue that the rules leave the Internet vulnerable to government intervention while imposing burdensome restrictions on communications companies.

The vote is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on March 2.

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Published in: on March 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

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Net Neutrality- a bipartisan concern.

Obama attempts to dismantle internet freedom by creating Internet ID.

Verizon challenges FCC net neutrality rules.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Verizon challenges FCC net neutrality rules.

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce committee cheered Verizon on Thursday for challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s recently passed net neutrality rules. Chairman Fred Upton  joined Reps. Greg Walden  and Lee Terry in praising the move.

“We welcome the decision by Verizon, and hopefully others, to demand their day in court to block the FCC’s misguided attempt to regulate the Internet. At stake is not just innovation and economic growth, although those concerns are vital,” the Congressmen said.

“Equally important is putting a check on an FCC that is acting beyond the authority granted to it by Congress. Between our legislative efforts and this court action, we will put the FCC back on firmer ground.”

Verizon filed their challenge in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the same court that rejected the FCC’s attempt to impose net neutrality last year.

Verizon deputy general counsel Michael Glover said the firm is “deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself.”

“We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers,” Glover added.

Consumers should be able to surf the web without their Internet provider limiting their choices to its preferred sites.

This could provide a slippery slope to governmental control on access to certain sites, limiting our 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.

A right that could prove to be detrimental to our liberties if allowed to be taken away. We cannot let this happen.

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Obama attempts to dismantle internet freedom by creating Internet ID.

President Obama is attempting to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said today.

The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months.

“We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy, and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”

Yet, details about the “trusted identity” project are remarkably scarce. Further, this would make online identify thief jobs a lot easier as they would only have to obtain one online id and password which, in return, would allow access to all accounts held by that ID.

Further, last year’s announcement referenced a possible forthcoming smart card or digital certificate that would prove that online users are who they say they are. These digital IDs would be offered to consumers by online vendors for financial transactions.

From what I understand, there is already a form of identity on the internet. Why the need to create another form of security unless it is an attempt to centralize our information, sell list to buyers and/or force control over internet items that are bought or sold?

Don’t be fooled by lightweight verbal reassurance, this is another form of goverment’s attempt to take over the internet.

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Net Neutrality- a bipartisan concern.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) filed legislation Wednesday to strike down Internet line regulations passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during the lame duck session in December 2010.

Blackburn’s office said she is also joined by more than 60 members, including the majority of Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. With most recent cosigner, Blue-Dog Democrat Rep. Dan Boren (Okla) stepping into the fight to strike the attempt at a governmental communicative take over.

The bill states, generally, that regulations impacting the Internet must be left to Congress and not the FCC.

The FCC’s rules required cable and DSL providers not to block websites and services consumers want to use,  while leaving wireless companies with a little more latitude.

However,the FCC is still curious as to how to power grab the wireless telecoms— as apparent in the FCC’s new rules to require wireless telecoms to be transparent about what blocking or “traffic management” they engage in.

So it’s little surprise that the FCC announced Wednesday a competition for apps that will check if mobile carriers are blocking online video sites, slowing down VOIP services that compete with them or are monkeying around with the sites a user is trying to visit.

Yet, the FCC spins it in another manner: They state its “Open Internet Challenge” is intended to spur developers to make “innovative and functional applications that provide users with information about the extent to which their fixed or mobile broadband Internet services are consistent with the open Internet.”

The measure pleased few, and provoked outrage on all sides of the political fence from those who protest that, including FCC commissioner Robert McDowell state,  “It’s an interventionist over-reach by an activist federal regulator intent on asserting control over the internet.”

Sascha Meinrath, director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative agreed, “Despite promising to fulfill President Obama’s campaign promise of enacting network neutrality rules to protect an open Internet, the FCC has instead prioritized the profits of corporations like AT&T over those of the general public, internet entrepreneurs and local businesses across the country.”

The new rules of the communication highway will resemble the old rules in many respects minus the legal authority and adding a massive new loophole.

For the first time, federal policy would allow for “paid prioritization,” which critics argue is the first step toward cleaving out high-speed, premium fast lanes from the “public internet.” This could jeopardize internet innovation by disincentivising entrepreneurial activity on the free, or regular, internet.

Both wireless and fixed broadband service providers will have to explain how they manage congestion on their networks. Additionally,  Cable and DSL providers would be barred from “unreasonably” discriminating against various online services.

It is unclear as to the FCC definition of “unreasonableness.” However,  if the FCC determines such “unreasonable” discrimination is occurring, the FCC says it has the power to enjoin — or stop — the behavior, as well as issue fines or even seize assets which is a direct violation of our 1st amendment right: Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.

With the FCC regulation being pushed suddenly through the 2010 lame duck legislative body- it is going to take a fight to get the rules reversed.  This is a time that all parties: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Tea Party,  Libertarians, No Party Affiliation alike need to stand together to ensure that our Constitutional Right as guaranteed to us in the 1st amendment is not taken away by control of mass media.

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