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Big Providers Unhappy With FCC Internet Regulation Decision

November 4, 2009 by  

Big providers unhappy with FCC internet regulation decision The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to begin developing open internet regulation, a move that is upsetting big internet providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

Dubbed "net neutrality," the measure is intended to put in place regulations that would prevent these companies from restricting access to internet content, applications and services offered by competitors.

According to, these special interest groups argue they "need to manage internet traffic to keep services running smoothly to all subscribers," and are spending much time and money lobbying politicians in Washington to prevent the proposed regulations from being implemented.

However, the step was greeted with praise by five pioneers involved in development of early internet technologies, including ARPANET and TCP/IP communications protocol.

They released a public letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in which they say that "as individuals who have worked on the internet and its predecessors continuously beginning in the late 1960s, we are very concerned that access to the internet be both open and robust."

Analysts say that applications such as Google, Skype and Facebook would be among the biggest beneficiaries of "net neutrality."

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  • DaveH

    Make no mistake people. This is just a foot in the door for Internet ‘censorship’. Write your Congressmen and let them know you want this stopped.
    Even Democrats should be alarmed on this one. As witnessed by the recent elections, you may also be subject to censorship if the Right gains power. Our Founders established Freedom of Speech for a reason. They knew the propensity of leaders to silence opposition.

    • Disgusted

      Dave, you couldn’t be more right. This needs to be stopped NOW!

    • Don

      Right you are. This government is trying to get control of everything. Bad news if you ask me

    • JeffH

      My goodness, another Soros connection!
      Mark Lloyd, Obama/Soros hitman at the FCC
      A Senior Fellow at the George Soros’ Center for American Progress, Mark Lloyd’s antipathy towards non-leftist participation in the public square is well known. He has written two anti-free speech hit pieces on “conservative talk radio” … a CAP “analysis” “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio” which never examines talk radio in the larger sphere as being the only alternative to Leftist dominated broadcast television (news and entertainment), newspapers, university and college campuses … and “Forget the Fairness Doctrine”, a whiney little piece where Lloyd tries to bare his teeth against people who oppose his conclusions in the first piece and defends his Trojan Horse plan to achieve his own STFU policy towards conservative talk radio with so-called “local diversity” objectives.
      No, nothing to worry about here with Lloyd at the FCC.

      • DaveH

        We need to get the FCC abolished. It serves no purpose any more. Actually I think they never were necessary, as the original problem with radio wave shortage could have been settled better in a free market way. It amazes me that the Supreme Court ever let them get involved with program content. Talk about Freedom of Speech violation.

    • JeffH

      DaveH, nobody should let up on their legislators. Keep the letters and emails flowing to your state and federal government. To defy the Constitution is to defy Americans the right to freedom.

    • Richard Bowden

      I don’t understand any of these comments. Are they related to the news article: Big Providers Unhappy With FCC Internet Regulation Decision?
      Regulation to prevent censorship is a government take-over of the internet?

      • David

        Yes. Regulation of any kind is a foot in the door to censorship. Zero tolerance for government intrusion.
        Satellite internet is available at real time video speed. There is no need for regulation. The consumer will take care of corporate favoritism.
        FCC regulated video and radio only deliver the left/right bickering and talking points. Three dimensional debate only takes place of the internet.
        Help keep their filthy hands off the internet!!

  • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    No gov. control,EXCEPT to create competition in Cell phone business.
    No rules determined by which side pays politicians the most. Need amendment to constitution stopping all gifts to pols.

  • JeffH

    I know this is off subject, but here it is from

    The push to defeat Obamacare is critical this week. Nancy Pelosi has said that she doesn’t care how many Democrat seats are lost, she wants the bill passed. The Wall Street Journal put it all in perspective when they wrote this week:
    “The health bill she unwrapped last Thursday, which President Obama hailed as a ‘critical milestone,’ may well be the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced.
    In a rational political world, this 1,990-page runaway train would have been derailed months ago. With spending and debt already at record peacetime levels, the bill creates a new and probably unrepealable middle-class entitlement that is designed to expand over time. Taxes will need to rise precipitously, even as ObamaCare so dramatically expands government control of health care that eventually all medicine will be rationed via politics.”

    If this bill passes it may be as they say “unrepealable” and it will lead to sub standard health care for all Americans over time. Obama cannot be allowed to destroy the best health care system in the world on the altar of utopian socialism. Please make your voice heard loud and clear in the next few days to your local Congressman.

    • DaveH

      The last time we had a wild spender in office (Jimmy Carter) there was such a backlash against the Democratic Party that they lost the control of Congress which they had held for 25 years.
      This time I think it is going to be much worse for them.

      • JeffH

        I hope so. It is just unphathomable that a Nancy Pelosi can even be considered sane after her comments and the way she has presented herself to the American people. This woman is completely insane. Then again, she is part of the protected elete right now. Several times a week I send emails to her asking for her resignation. I get email responses thanking me for my views and she will consider all views by her constituents when making her decisions. Tell me that isn’t out of touch with reality.

  • Pat R

    This is ridiculous. Now they want our Internet!! While I still have use of mine I intend to use it.
    I am promoting this site religiously.
    As of a few minutes ago, I canceled all ties with AARP. I hope half of
    it’s members (preferably all of them) do the same.
    I will not stoop, bend or bow to Obama, Pelosi or Reed.
    I demand my Constitutional Rights as an American Citizen.

    • DaveH

      Good for you Pat. Especially on the AARP issue.

      • JeffH

        I am sending AARP a scathing email today. No more support from this guy.

  • Bill

    Pat i like the idea of what i found at the website it took me to,but am still a little leary of filling it out.

    • JeffH

      I signed it when the site was linked through another post on this web site.

  • Joe H.

    To those of you that don’t take this seriously, stop and think of a few months ago when the present administration instituted an e-mail reporting site. The site had a worm that would infect your computer and access your information. The cash for clunkers site came right out and told you that your computer would become property of the government. A lot of people from both sides of the political spectrum reported this. THIS IS SERIOUS AND MUST BE STOPPED!!!!!

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  • s c

    To those who think and read, this is one more example of a government gone mad. To those who think they can go through life without having to read or think, this matter is irrelevant.
    Slowly, the government is consolidating its power over the American people. Try and find as many as two people in congress who will tell the American people what this insanity means. Do we have people in America who think we have so much
    freedom that we can afford to lose our freedoms slowly as long as we don’t notice it? America, you can thank public education and elected traitors for this. The noose is tightening. The chains of our slavery were forged slowly for many years.
    A storm is coming. America will see another internal war because the American people never learned to love freedom and hate slavery.

  • Linda L Hill

    This is worse than the Government gone mad, this is not our Government. Wake up, smell the Communists. Once they get control over the Internet, they can hide everything and we will not get access to nothing. We will only be able to know what they want us to know, and they will be able to know everything about us. There will be no freedom. I think we need to start thinking about alternative ways of communication, now!!!

    • JeffH

      This is just another of many changes Obama has to socialize and control Americans and America. The voters spoke in Va. and NJ and today they were in Washington DC putting on quite a display for all to see. Pelosi should be shivering like a Chihuahua by now. Then again, she is pretty much a zombie these days anyway.

  • CindyL

    Does anyone know what bill number it is? I would like to read it. I don’t trust John McCain anymore than I trust the others. If he is involved he must be representing someone in the wireless business. During the election campaign, Verizon put a cell tower on his property as he wasn’t getting good service. I resent that my payments helped any candidate and two months later we got a rate increase. We need campaign reform. I think we have the best Congress that money can buy!!!! Thanks in advance to who gives me the bill number.

    • JeffH

      I think we have the best Congress that can steal our money.

      • s c

        Long ago, I came across an expression that seemed strange at first. As I got older, it became obvious that it’s true. That expression says “we have the best government money can buy.”
        It is absolutely true. People have found ways to ignore it. Many couldn’t care less. The rest of us pay for it.
        As for the FCC and congress, they rely on a basic formula to get and keep power. That is, 1) regulation=easy money. 2) taxation=control. 3) more taxation=total control. Anyone who thinks ‘net neutrality’ has anything to do with the FCC being truly neutral is someone who needs an immediate brain transplant.
        Even now, many people just don’t get it. And they won’t ‘get it’ until they lose all of their freedom(s).

        • boomerchick

          Do you really think the internet businesses are helping you? You have been brainwashed to believe that the internet, is making everything better. Think about it. How much is your phone bill, how much do you pay for internet service? How much time has it stolen from your life? So far they haven’t policed themselves, they have had lots of time, so somebody has to be the sheriff.

          • David

            Please remember that this is America. We are free men and women. We do not need the government regulating what is essentially an unlimited source of information.
            If you need parental controls, it is available to you. But free adults need to be informed, and to inform others. We will take reasonable responsibility for that.

    • CindyL

      Comcast has been found quilty in Europe of blocking competitors signals, they also admitted that they have done the same here in the states. This link gives alot of info:

      • David

        I am using satellite internet right now. It offers speeds to download realtime video. Between dial-up, satellite, and cable, there is enough competition to ensure a backlash to favoritism.
        Government is just as corrupt as any other monopoly, especially at this obscure regulatory level. Please do not harness a consumer driven market with them.


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