FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski has the votes he needs to impose net neutrality rules on the internet, so this is a fait accompli:
The rules would prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections to discriminate against rival content or services, such as Internet phone calls or online video, or play favorites with Web traffic.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski now has the three votes needed for approval, despite firm opposition from the two Republicans on the five-member commission. Genachowski’s two fellow Democrats said Monday they will vote for the rules, even though they consider them too weak.
Republicans, meanwhile, warn that the new rules would impose unnecessary regulations on an industry that is one of the few bright spots in the current economy, with phone and cable companies spending billions to upgrade their networks for broadband.
Burdensome net neutrality rules, they warn, would discourage broadband providers from continuing those upgrades by making it difficult for them to earn a healthy return on their investments.
Live coverage of the FCC meeting at CSPAN.
Reason TV produced this video to explain why net neutrality is not only unnecessary – it’s a bad idea:
Weasel Zippers: FCC Votes 3-2 to Regulate the Internet Via Net Neutrality…
(Daily Caller)– In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) passing of a net neutrality plan, some Congressmen are already planning how to fight back. For some, that means the 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA).
Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden and Nebraska Republican Rep. Lee Terry have pledged to use that law to fight the FCC’s new regulations.
The CRA gives Congress the authority to review federal agency regulations, and repeal them if necessary with a joint resolution.