An action by 5 unelected
people on the FCC Board that will have an absolutely huge affect on hundreds of millions of people, billions of dollars, inter- and intra-state
commerce, and steer technology for years is bypassing our elected representatives in Congress...again.
Whether you're for or against so-called "net neutrality" (which means vastly different things to many people) it shouldn't be decided and forced by 5 unelected government employees.
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Search HWA and internet for "net neutrality" for more info and history on this controversial topic.
Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:17pm EST
(Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules
because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them....
..."In terms of legislation, we donít believe itís necessary given that the FCC has the authorities that it needs under Title II," a White House official told Reuters....
...Obama has urged the FCC to regulate ISPs more strictly under a section of communications law known as Title II, which would treat them more like public utilities. Broadband companies (and many tech individuals) adamantly oppose the plan
, saying the added regulatory burden would reduce investment and stifle innovation.
The FCC board consists of 5 unelected
individuals with incredible regulatory power directly affecting hundreds of millions of people and billions of dollars.
It should be noted that a prior net neutrality regulation imposed by the FCC in a 2010 order was struck down in court.