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House Approves Amendment To Block ‘Net Neutrality’ Funding For FCC

February 21, 2011 by  

House Approves Amendment To Block 'Net Neutrality' Funding For FCCHouse Republicans have succeeded in tacking on an amendment to the 2011 spending bill that strikes a blow to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new "network neutrality" regulations.

The chamber voted 244-181 in favor of an amendment that would bar the FCC from using government money to enforce rules that the agency approved last year. The new regulations would require broadband providers to let subscribers access all Internet content and services over their wired networks.

The FCC aims to prohibit communication providers from favoring or discriminating against online content because it competes with their brand. GOP lawmakers claim that net neutrality rules will stifle phone and cable companies, and that the FCC overstepped its authority in enacting the rules.

Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said that the amendment is "about keeping the government out of the business of running the Internet," quoted by The Huffington Post.

According to media reports, wireless service companies MetroPCS and Verizon have both filed lawsuits in an effort to overturn the FCC's new regulations.  

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  • s c

    Good. As hard as some folks try in Washington, they haven’t quite yet used up all of their common sense.
    Screw Net Neutrality. Screw everyone who dares to call it neutral. Screw everyone who dares to attack the 1st Amendment and does it in the name of ‘making it better.’

  • GOD

    @ S C says

    Does anyone other than the voice in your head know what the hell you are talking about? This is god S C, resume your meds…

    • AnhydrousBob

      @GOD

      Hey, an Infidel has hacked your account and is posting here below!

    • Warrior

      And government directing traffic on the internet is a good thing how?

    • Ted Crawford

      Thank you comrade alinsky now please go out side and play with your Tonka trucks, the adults are having a discussion.

    • http://naver samurai

      Which god? It sure isn’t the one true God. The Judeo Christian God. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • JohnK

        Amen

  • REASON

    Perhaps SC did not use the approach that “False GOD” would choose but SC makes more sense and gets the point across most adequately !

    Long live SC !

  • Big Business

    The issue is always big business crushing little guys and changing innovation cycles to suit their needs. We have 30 years of technology hidden away like squirrel nuts but our enemies keep stealing it. One thing that has changed since the 1930s is the attitude and knowledge of anti trust laws and why they existed. The mergers in Telecom caused 6 baby bell companies to dissapear. Each averaged 200k employees. Now the combined 2 big compnies have 300k employees. The math is simple and now imagine the power these compnaies have against ma and pa shops trying to compete.

  • Moment of Clarity

    Net neutrality will open the door towards the gov’t controlling everything that can or cannot be put on the ‘net. This will become yet another infringement on American freedoms and privacy. A free market internet enterprise will always provide what it’s customers want. The only role gov’t should have is protecting internet users from abusers and thieves by enforcing fair commonsense laws.

    • Vintage American

      Well stated… Plain and simple to understand by all patriotic Americans. Practically impossible to comprehend by everyone else!

      • Pete

        CX internet is cable laid on PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. Just like NSF Internet, you dummies !!!!!

        Giving telcos control of the INTERNET = GIVING TARP MONEY TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE/WALL STREET !

        DUH !

  • TIME

    “CONTROL. POWER, And DOMINATION,” Can I make it any more clear?

    Stay on you’re congress and senate people we need to defund many things, this is a good start, Keep telling them to defund the CZARS, thats a major part of of removing the Structure with in.
    Defund, Defund and Defund more and more and more.

    CUT Spending in all ways. Why pay and egg head $250K per year to allow “CONTROL. POWER, and DOMINATION” to exist.
    Send a strong clear loud voice to the DC Belt Way, the old BS is over.

    • Christin

      Agreed, TIME.

      There is nothing neutral about “Net Neutrality” It is a POWER grab, TAX, and CONTROL of the message and who can use the internet for their business over the American People.

      YEAH… Congress did something right!

      Let your Congressman/woman know You are AGAINST obama giving POWER to the FCC over Congress to neutalize the internet. Tell them you are infavor of defunding Net Neutrality.

      Send this e-mail to family and friends and educate them.
      An informed People are a wise People.

  • Raggs

    Good thing that someone still has a little common sence or we would soon be chanting “HAIL OBAMA”….

    • Ted Crawford

      True Raggs! We would also witness our Military taking their alligiences to the dear leader instead of the Country and the Constitution!

      • Pete

        Giving the telcos control over the Internet = Giving control of the AIR FORCE to LOCKHEED MARTIN …..

        You dummies !

  • patricia

    lets eradicate progressive socialism in all aspects of our lives. we don’t need bumbling idiots in dc, dictating what their version of freedom is. it is ironic that we freed the iraqi people from centuries of dictatorship, which is now spreading across the middle east like wildfire, but certain dictators here in the U.S. are trying to set us BACK centuries. socialism in all forms has been a PROVEN FAILURE, lets not re-live history. PROGRESSIVE SOCIALISTS LIE! PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST LIE!

    • Pete

      Patricia,

      That’s like saying the public highway system greatly impedes TRUCKING …

      You dummY !

  • Ted Crawford

    This seems to me to be analogous with the banning of pornography, a discusting form of “liturature?”. Should we allow the government to get a foot in the door of censorship we might never be able to rein them in again!

  • http://charden@neo.rr.com Charles

    Fcc,just another tool in the take over of America. Guess who is head of the FCC? Look it up and see what his politics are and what he stands for.
    I would like some one to take this on and give us their feedback.

    • Caroline McAdams

      Julius Genachowski is the head of the FCC, I think. If you do a search and go to FCC.gov it is on the homepage, His name is at the top of a list of commisioners for the FCC. I also found it in an artice about net nutrality. They are trying to make it about low income folks having access to the internet, but that is just a front so that they can call folks who are against it, racist and shut them up.

  • Howard Roark

    The FCC has absolutely no authority to regulate anything that the citizen pays to receive. it only can regulate through the air signals that anyone can receive free of charge. that is why we can watch movies on cable tv that show nudity and say the F word without Government interferance.

  • Robbish

    The FCC having authority over the big network owners is much better than the oligopoly power they will enjoy running it without oversight. The FCC doesn’t want to control it, they just want to prevent Comcast,Verizon, ATT, Time Warner, Google or any big for-profit company to control it. That what this is all about. Consumer protection. Business and residential consumers. If the big companies are left unchecked, they will hammer heavy bandwidth users with additonal fees, or throttle back the speed. It’s already happening.

    • Allan Halbert

      Most regulators are like film critics. They can tell you what a good movie is but they can’t make one.

  • ONTIME

    THe government agencies are now another government entity out of control since the uncredentialed Barry S… gave them more power than they should ever have had, bureaucracy is already a major factor in the money situation in this country, we are a country with far to big a budget that endows this kind of behavior. The very idea that skirting the laws of this country and avoiding the legislative means to make a law legal is saying that the rule of law means nothing, that every government agency is a law unto itself, not so, not ever.

    I do not know for sure how many people altogether are employed directly by government in all catagories but fed employment for civilian hires is more than a million by quite a margin, manyare topside bureaucrats that again have been hansomely overpaid by uncredentialed Barry’s edict thus driving up the cost of cost to support this circus and promoting incompetence is common place, here again they government has created a problem and then compounded it. We can no longer afford this ongoing inompetentce and we need to get this government largess taken off the books, there is a way but Americans have to step up and make it work…

  • In God We Trusted

    If the FTC did such an awesome job at protecting the money, I bet the FCC could do an even better job at protecting the information.

    Thank you information era. You have taught a new generation well!

  • Pete

    Crony capitalism, the Republicans have been bought off…..

    Just because you added some cable to the INTERNET doesn’t mean you can charge money for it. The INTERNET was developed by out TAX DOLLARS. The original cabling was laid by your TAX Dollars . When a company add cable to the internet it’s like giving money to a charity .. they don’t have a say on who uses it. The extra cable laid down increases profits, just like a charitable organization lessens crime by feeding people …

    Now, You can only access the internet thru a Network Access Point. I’m up here in Connecticut. My Network Access Point is in New York City .
    I pay AT&T like 30 bucks a month to use their telephone lines. Those telephone lines are owned by AT&T.

    I don’t have to spend a million dollars to run a cable from Connecticut to NYC (where the gate or access point to the Internet is), I just pay AT&T 30 bucks a month. This cable is not the Internet. It’s the telephone companies cable.

    If AT&T adds cable after NYC access point (the Internet) it’s free for anyone to use. AT&T takes a gamble ….

    They (private companies) crunch the numbers and find out they can make more money by laying extra “FREE” Internet cables … it’s understood they don’t control that cable.. It’s a privilege to lay the cable …

    That’s the way it is ….

    • Pete

      Here’s another example. You have public lands with trees on them. Lumber companies are allowed to harvest those trees. Lumber companies also plant “baby” trees to replace the trees they have cut down.

      The lumber company does not own the public land. They crunch the numbers and realize it’s CHEAPER to cut TREES DOWN from PUBLIC LAND. It’s cheaper than buying forests …

      The INTERNET is like public land. A private company crunches the numbers and realizes they can make more money putting cable down on the Internet. Just as a lumber company replants on public lands for later use. There are no guarantees that the same lumber company will harvest those saplings a hundred years from now ….

      There are no guarantees on the public Internet that different company will profit a few years from now on the cable you laid ….

      You check the trend, crunch the numbers and take a gamble.

      Their is an alternative, have the private companies buy land and place private cables on it. Then they can control it …

      Just like a lumber company that buys a forest ….as opposed to using public lands for lumber harvesting …

      Thanks Tea Party for the crony capitalism …..

      • Allan Halbert

        Is that all you can disparage the Tea Party for today?

  • http://www.hostmycalls.com James Waldrop – HostMyCalls Hosted PBX Service

    Len Grace at broadbandconvergent.com claims that the FCC should abandon net neutrality rules and focus on broadband proliferation. His reasoning is that all the money, time and attention focused on making broadband access more availability will be more helpful to Americans than FCC rules.

  • msulibertarian

    can someone explain how corporations and communication monopolies like verizon & comcast controlling information on the internet is any different than the government controlling it?

  • BOB REIN

    HERE IS A GENERAL RULE OF THUMB THAT ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO VALUES OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTIES NEEDS TO FOLLOW…..BE SUSPICIOUS OF GOVERNMENT WHEN IT TRIES TO GET INVOLVED WITH ANYTHING THAT IS RUNNING SMOOTHLY, ESPECIALLY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR…. WHEN THAT GOVERNMENT IS BEING RUN BY AN ADMINISTRATION WHO IS MADE UP OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THE IDEOLOGY THAT WAS SET FORTH BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS TO PROTECT US…ONE NEED NOT READ THE FINE PRINT TO REALIZE THAT THIS PRESENT ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE NOTHING THAT WOULD WIN THE APPROVAL OF ANY FREEDOM LOVING AMERICAN PATRIOT….GOD SAVE THIS REPUBLIC!!!

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