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Republicans, ADE Criticize ‘Third Way’ Approach To Internet Regulations

May 27, 2010 by  

Republicans, ADE criticize 'third way' approach to internet regulations The controversy surrounding the government’s attempts to impose internet regulations continues, with the Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) announcing it will oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) "third way" approach to network neutrality.

Earlier this year the United States District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC had overstepped its jurisdiction when it tried to impose net neutrality rules on Comcast, which had blocked its subscribers from using the file-sharing website BitTorrent. This effectively closed a similar avenue for regulations, prompting FCC chairman Julius Genacowski to propose a "third way," which would reclassify broadband services under New Deal-era "common carrier" laws created for early landline telephone technology.

This has met with sharp criticism from the two Republican commissioners on the agency’s board, Robert McDowell and Meredith Baker, who said it would lead to regulatory chaos and stifle investment that is necessary to expanding broadband infrastructure and creating jobs.

The ADE has also expressed opposition and urged Congress to play a larger role in the network neutrality debate.

"This policy shift appears to be a risky experiment and will likely lead to higher broadband prices," said ADE chairman Julius H. Hollis.

"As the world of business, medicine and education shift towards a more digital-based economy, the proposal could worsen the problems of [ordinary] Americans, who are already stretched financially and have disproportionately borne the brunt of this recession," added Manuel A. Diaz, vice chairman of the ADE board of directors.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19799480-ADNFCR

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  • J.M.R.

    once again the libs at work to stop growth in our great country. also to stop us from hearing the truth since they stopped the abc’s nbc’s and other joke news people.

    • JJ

      You are so right!!! The only reason that they are doing this to our internet is to stop us from speaking out against Obama and his chicago mafia. If people dont stop this bunch we will never see America again. They are changing our very lives. Every day they do something that changes America and our values and our freedoms.

  • TIME

    People wake up and get your butts in gear!

    Call, write, email and fax your congress and senate persons, tell them you want them to vote NO on this.
    Do it now, do it every day, if you have to to it hour by hour. make yourselfs clear and loud!

    This is it folks if they take away your 1st amendment rights its all over.

  • Big G

    Follow Google. They are the company of real change and real innovation. As big as they are they can still turn any industry on its head. That is what makes progress. Shake ups at the core. Phone companies spent billions trying to become cable companies and cable companies tried to become phone companies that is not technological progress. That is the core of the problem. They were after money not after their primary business. Break them up! Inoovation exploded right after the 1984 break up of ATT. Do it again and we will see the same innovation cycle and more jobs.

    • 45caliber

      Innovation requies that money be spent on research and new equipment. If you have a monopoly, why worry about innovating? Everyone MUST come to you for your product or service.

      But innovation is what is driving the computer and game console markets because there are competitors there. If you don’t innovate, you die as Commodore did.

      Further, if there is no innovation, then the government can monitor and control without costs to them. That is why there is a high end to computer modem speeds now. Innovation has gotten around some of them but we could have modems with ten times the speed if the government wasn’t trying to monitor everything and control it. This is simply such an attempt to stifle innovation and allow the government to control.

  • Raggs

    This new agency must be acorn under cover.
    The Marxist are changing the name of net neutrality to throw off the people.

  • s c

    Big Mammy Jammer is at it again, people. Big ——— doesn’t have a clue when it comes to being neutral. A North American Hitler government cares NOTHING for neutrality.
    People, we are in the midst of having our future ripped away from us by those who dote on revising history, destroying economies and governments and enslaving those who are stupid enough or dumbed-down enough not to know what’s going on in front of them.
    This gang of thugs and criminals will TALK about neutrality 24/7, but they don’t give a damn about insuring that we have it. These bastards are working at realizing the ultimate dream of every two-legged slime since before Judas.
    People, it will be freedom, or it will be slavery.
    Ask Obummer what he means when he talks about neutrality. For him, it is the same tactic Hitler used when he signed a non-agression pact with Stalin. Now that we have a Hitler wannabe in the White House, he’s in the right place at the right time to make every Hitler follower envious.
    This is another military pincer movement. If it’s successful, we can kiss the First Amendment bye bye, and it will be time for an all-out war on the Second Amendment. Choose, people! If you have to have a bomb dropped on you to get your ‘attention,’ you’re already dead, and you need to be buried.

    • http://msn johnc/v/a

      leave it to the people in Washington to try and make us believe they can do it better, as Americans, by now we should know better, their is not one program as yet that hasn’t striped us of another of our God given rights, and now they are trying to shut our mouth and take over the internet for their own agenda,and rob our nation and give it to the [poor] their hip pockets and enslave us as they have Europe and the people that want ever thing given to them for FREE.

  • Lawrence Bates

    “Net nuetrality” is a win-win situation for the Obama administration in it’s attempt to destroy America as a world power from within. If they can actually impose it on the populous, they win. It will weaken us. If they lose again in court, they’re still ahead since it has cost us so much to oppose it and it will have driven up everyone’s costs for internet service. And whose money are they using to create all the mischief with? Our’s of course! It’s a pattern you see in every move this administration makes, and many of the last administration’s.

  • sean murrey

    obummer wants everything his way, well for this guy i say no to him and cohorts.Impeach him now, of course the senate hasnt any balls.

  • eddie47d

    S.C. The only slavery I see is in your mind and since your so obsessed with Hitler ( and many strange comparisons of said person).I think you have fantasies of being Eva Braun.

  • eddie47d

    Cable and internet service has risen sharply but that’s capitalism at work. I think that’s obscene but if you want it I guess you better be willing to pay. I don’t think internet usage will ever change and there is alot of rabbit holes (useless garbage) that we fall into by using the internet. Unwanted spam,fraud,easy porn,unknown threats doesn’t seem to deter it’s usage. China over regulates and that would be more frustrating.

    • s c

      Edwardo, you’re against cable and the internet? And you DARE to care about people? Is this what progressives mean when they talk about leadership and compassion? Isn’t it bad enough that we have stormroopers in the White House and Congress?
      Ed, dude, you have truly outed yourslf this time. Are we supposed to think by not having cable or the internet that this will make life better? Are you are an absolute control freak?
      You’ll fit right in with Herr Obummer’s brownshirts and wannabe Nazis. Don’t expect to get paid for your rant this time, dude. You’re out in the open for all to see.
      I’ll say this politely – GET MENTAL HELP NOW!

  • Antonio

    Dear Patriot:

    Please take your time and read this email carefully.

    Because if a bill quietly sneaking its way through Congress passes, an email like this could be the last non-government message to ever hit your inbox.

    In fact, someday you may even find yourself unable to log in to your email in the first place!

    I know what you’re thinking: Maybe this is just another Internet hoax.

    I wish it was.

    But Barack Obama and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) want to make this nightmare a reality. That’s why Rockefeller recently introduced S. 773, “The Cybersecurity Act of 2009.”

    Initial cosponsors include Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

    You see, Barack Obama is seeking sweeping new powers to “shut down” all private internet in the event of a “cybersecurity emergency” — a vague term that the President can define at his discretion.

    And Rockefeller’s bill gives Barack Obama just what he wants.

    That’s why this expansive new power grab should really be called “The Internet Takeover Bill.”

    As you know, the Internet has developed into an independent sphere where 1st Amendment Rights can still be (fairly) freely exercised.

    It’s also become an important outlet for liberty-minded speech, cutting around the Obama-worship and corporate censorship of the mainstream media.

    And we’ve already seen the Obama Administration’s reaction to any online speech they deem “fishy.”

    In July, the Administration called upon Americans to report their friends’ and neighbors’ emails to help Barack Obama silence the “disinformation” about the Obamacare bills in Congress.

    Well now Barack Obama wants to cut out the middle man.

    If the Internet Takeover Bill passes, Barack Obama can silence his dissenters directly — by ordering a shutdown of the U.S. Internet.

    That’s right, under this bill Barack Obama can order all non-government U.S. networks to shutdown from the Internet.

    But that’s not all.

    Even outside of periods of White House-declared “emergency,” this bill mandates that private-sector networks only be managed by government-licensed “cybersecurity professionals.”

    If you think dealing with your office IT department is bad now, just wait until they’re federally-licensed bureaucrats.

    Well I know I like writing to you, and I hope you like hearing from me.

    Or if not me, at least you probably like staying in touch with your family and friends, and having access to uncensored news and current events.

    And that’s why I hope you’ll help Campaign for Liberty stop the Internet Takeover Bill by signing our Internet User’s Mandate to Congress.

    Today, legislation like this — built on the same statist principles as the infamous Patriot Act — must sneak through Congress quietly.

    They know Americans are no longer willing to swallow this swill “for our own good.”

    And it’s especially critical that Campaign for Liberty and other fellow R3volutionaries fight this power grab.

    Can you imagine how easily those in power could fabricate an “emergency” on a big money bomb day for a strong liberty candidate threatening the establishment?

    Or how about message boards vital to planning and freedom rallies and protests of socialized medicine?

    With “right-wing extremists” freely and visibly exercising their 2nd Amendment rights at such events, no doubt the White House could declare “emergency” and shut down all online planning.

    I don’t want to see good politicians lose potential millions or demonstrations of liberty extinguished. I hope you don’t either.

    That’s why I hope you’ll sign your Internet User’s Mandate and make a donation right now to Campaign for Liberty to make sure that never happens.

    We’re going to fight this bill hard, because it’s clear that the Internet is the next frontier for liberty politics, and Campaign for Liberty is right on the forefront.

    So please click here to sign your Internet User’s Mandate to Congress in opposition to Barack Obama’s Internet Takeover and Shutdown Bill.

    And in addition to signing your mandate, please make a generous contribution of $100, $50 or $25 so we can fight this Internet takeover.

    We need to fight to make sure Barack Obama doesn’t disconnect your computer, shut down your favorite websites, or block all your emails.

    And frankly with Audit the Fed, Cap and Tax and socialized healthcare debates, Campaign for Liberty is stretched pretty thin.

    And unlike the government we don’t print, borrow or take money by force (taxes). Our only revenue comes from voluntary contributions from liberty activists like you.

    We need you to stay educated and active.

    We’ve put too much time into building our pro-liberty online networks, websites and email lists. We simply cannot afford to give Barack Obama the power to dismantle all that at the drop of a hat.

    So please, click here to sign your Internet User’s Mandate and if you can make a contribution of $100, $50 or $25 or whatever you want to Campaign for Liberty to stop this power grab…

    …to defend our rights…

    …and most importantly, to protect this movement.

    I trust you’ll join this fight to protect all the progress we’ve made.

    In Liberty,

    sign this petition http://www.chooseliberty.orp/internettakeover.aspx

  • Victor L Barney

    Republicans: Too little too late! You had your chance and you just embroiled your case! Come judgment day, like me, you won’t be any better off! As the last response so tragically exclaimed, we asked for it and now we’re going to get it! There is a good part though! America is actually the real biblical “Israel” and will get rescued from itself, sort of! Like from the pot to the fire because I believe that the biblical two-witnesses will come and “free” the real Israel(Joseph’s seed, not Judah’s seed, who were promised grace(Messiah) not race((civil power(irony, here?-Deuteronomy 17:15)), like Joseph’s seed was)from itself, although it doesn’t even want it! As my favorite Clint Eastwood line goes: “get ready because hell is coming to dinner!”

  • eddie47d

    S.C. There you go again, engaging mouth before brain kicks in. I wouldn’t be on the internet right now if I didn’t have service so your still lost in your wonderland! I also have direct tv but that’s my wife’s thing. I hope everyone re-reads your comments and realize what a whacko you are. You just like to vent about nothing and nothing minus nothing = nothing.

    • C J Madden

      Hello eddie47d: If you don’t believe in the internet,then why do you subscribe to it? So what if you enjoy DISH TV–or, as you say, the wife does–what’s that got to do with the newest governmental ploy to infringe even deeper into our Freedom of Speech rights? There are better ways to regulate the objectionable material one finds in one’s ‘mailbox,’ but Obama’s administration is attacking the American public as opposed to the offenders. When you are no longer allowed to speak your mind as you do today, then what will you do? Accept the offerings of the wannabe dictator and do his bidding??? Not this person, thank you very much–I will fight for my rights, including the use of a FREE internet.

  • eddie47d

    Antonio; I read 773 and you might be trying to stir up trouble but that is what this site is all about.This bill would actually avoid disruption in internet service. It’s to gain co-operation with other nations to keep national security threats to a minimum. To keep cyber hackers from destroying our communication systems and sabotaging our business network. How would you like America to go down the tubes in one click of a computer key. I would say the Patriot Act is far more dangerous than this bill. So put away your anti-Obama bazookas.

    • C J Madden

      Hello eddie47d: Your response to Antonio tells all that you are an avid Obama supporter–and that’s okay if that’s your bag. The rest of us do NOT trust Obama and we certainly do understand exactly what this current administration is all about. Stifling the Freedom of Speech was first observed when Obama attacked “Joe the Plumber” during his campaign; this has become more obvious when Obama later, as “president,” attempted to oust certain reporters from press conferences. When that backfired on Obama, he discontinued these press conferences until forced to say something about the current crisis in the Gulf State areas (you know, the oil spill). Stifling the ordinary citizens’ use of the internet by whatever means is a mechanism to further his hold and expand his ideology of socialism onto the American public. Therefore, astute citizens refuse to support this newest effort to destroy our Nation.

  • Stephen Russell

    We dont need any Damn more regulations esp for the Net & IF so make it harder to:
    Steal ID
    Run online scams.
    Then the Net would be much Safer.,
    BUT NO.
    Too many dating sites charge Fees for questionable services if any.
    Plus download sites etc.
    Enough already.

  • Reggie Brian

    Internets don’t kill people; people kill people.

  • s c

    Progressives never learn. An otherwise rational human who thinks more government regulation is the solution needs to move to a country where they can see true progressivism in action (Russia, China, Cuba, etc.).
    No government is above using regulation against its citizens. As a government gets bigger, it exerts more and more control over its citizens. When the government gets stronger, freedoms disappear.
    Progressives always poo poo that FACT. It proves that they live in a world of their own making. Even if I could find a reason to be optimistic about this thug administration and its inclination to police itself, I know from experience and history that NO government can be trusted with more and more power over its citizens.
    Progressives who send feedback to this website, if they could test their actions, they would have to admit that they aren’t interested in internet freedom. They have no use for true freedom. Control is their god. The method is politely called a ‘redstribution of rights and reality.’ They are slaves, and they will never understand that.
    If Obummer cared about his robots, he’d get them into intensive mental therapy. He won’t do that because he can’t exist without easy, reliable votes from those who worrshop slavery and hate freedom.
    May they enjoy each other – on another planet.


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