Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stop the FCC Internet Takeover

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Internet Takeover Attempt

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski appears to be preparing a dramatic overreach of the bureau's authority to regulate the Internet.
* He is doing so without the necessary Congressional authority
* He himself acknowledges he doesn’t have the authority
* Federal district court already opined that the FCC's actions are illegal

The Internet is not a public utility.
Telecom companies are not 'evil'.
The current Internet allows free speech and equal access in its current configuration.

The D.C. Circuit Court has already unanimously ruled that the FCC doesn’t have the authority to regulate the Internet under Title I – at least as far as enforcing Network Neutrality is concerned. This is why certain special interests have been clamoring for Title II Reclassification: they will be in a very favorable position in that event.

The uncertainty caused just by this prolonged threat of such internet regulation has already cost us billions of dollars in private sector Web investment. If these regulations are imposed, the cost will be cataclysmic.

These aren’t questionable “saved or created” jobs of the alleged “stimulus” – these are very real jobs denied or destroyed by the damaging actions and threat of actions by the FCC. Actions imposed by an FCC and its Chairman who know in advance that they do not have the authority to do so.

If the FCC imposes these regulations, this is what will follow
* Years of litigation to undo what the FCC knew beforehand it did not have authority to do
* Years of diminishing Web capacity caused by an absurd policy with no Congressional oversight
* Years of stagnant or declining job growth, as investment capital rightly flees a regulation-constricted Internet which is no longer amenable to free market success.
* Illegal restriction of the free market and free speech future of the Internet

Please issue a Congressional order to the FCC to cease and desist their illegal efforts to restrict the Internet. Then, the 112th Congress should then make it illegal for the FCC to regulate the Internet at all, ever, for any reason.

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