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Submission + - Another Step Towards Regulating the Internet ( 1

MoeDumb writes: The FCC Takes Another Step Towards Regulating the Internet

In step with federal government intrusion into the health care system, the auto industry, and the financial industry, the FCC and the Obama Administration has had its eye on asserting control over the Internet.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently closed its official public comment period “In the Matter of Framework for Broadband Internet Service.” In English? Despite broad opposition, three of the five unelected members of the FCC are one step away from officially regulating the Internet under laws originally intended for monopoly telephone carriers in the 1930s.

So how can the FCC make this dramatic change in the way the government treats the Internet? Well, according to the Democrats on the Commission and far left advocacy organizations like Free Press, it’s a surprisingly simple process – one that does not include the approval of Congress approval or any elected officials.

Just since June 17, the FCC: opened a Notice of Inquiry to seek the “best legal framework for broadband Internet access” on a partisan 3-2 vote; accepted comments on these proposed regulations; and then allowed for reply comments so that policy, advocacy, and industry leaders would have a chance to refute whatever points were made during the initial comment period (to whomever might be interested in a seemingly obscure telecommunications issue, in the middle of August!).

And that's it, folks!

Now, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski believes he can defy the majority opinions of Congress and the American People and ignore a federal appeals court ruling and simply call a vote of the Commission that would officially reclassify broadband services under the Depression-era Title II regulations.

In response to erroneous-to-delusional claims made by Free Press, the leading radical group pushing for Internet regulations, members of the Internet Freedom Coalition filed reply comments with the Commission on Thursday to clarify to the FCC – and to the public – just how damaging thee regulations will be to both consumers and producers . . .


Submission + - Two Harvard Professors Blow the Whistle on ACTA (

MoeDumb writes: ...Two Harvard professors take to the pages of The Washington Post to blast President Obama for failure to live up to his pledges of transparency, and for acting in an unprecedented and unconstitutional manner. And no, this time it's not about his handling of and signature on the unconstitutional health care legislation passed this week in Congress. They reserve their harshest criticism for lack of precedent, transparency, and apparently constitutionality. Among their points:

The leaked draft of ACTA belies the U.S. trade representative's assertions that the agreement would not alter U.S. intellectual property law.

It raises the stakes on the constitutionally dubious method by which the administration proposes to make the agreement binding on the United States.

The leaked draft, though incomplete in many respects, makes clear that negotiators are considering ideas and principles not reflected in U.S. law.

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