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FCC Chair caving on protecting the Internet?

The Washington Post reports that FCC Chair Jules Genachowski is intending to give up on regulating the access providers – Comcast and the gang — leaving Internet users unprotected and at their mercy.

The Post implies that the Genachowski thinks of this as leaving “broadband services deregulated.” The problem is that that will also leave broadband unprotected. We need to regulate the providers of access so that they don’t get to regulate what we’re allowed to do on our Internet.

This is Chairman Genachowski’s chance to make a difference. That he would abandon the Net to access providers who have already shown that they don’t care about an open, free, innovative Internet is just about unthinkable. Unfortunately, as of today we have to add the “just about.” Let’s hope it’s just a trial balloon.

(Marvin Ammori has a worst-case scenario list of what unregulated access providers could do to the Net … except that almost all of the items are things they’ve already tried to pull.)

8 Responses to “FCC Chair caving on protecting the Internet?”

  1. How about we wait for an actual problem to arise before we start adding regulations? The net works pretty well now; Whatever your political convictions, I think we can all agree that Congressional/Regulatory action tends to litter the ground with unintended consequences.

    I’d rather let sleeping dogs lie on this one

  2. And if they do, you’ll favor Net Neutrality?

    That’s great news, James, especially since they’ve already done many of the things on Ammori’s list! We Net Neutrality supporters warmly welcome you to our cause!

  3. It all depends on what you mean by “net neutrality”. Some of the stated goals don’t actually work with QOS issues at the technology level…

  4. But … but … but … oh, why bother :-(

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