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Copps shows gumption at the FCC

While FCC Chair Jules Genachowski has hesitated so long on Net Neutrality that he’s lost his legislative majority, explaining that he’s trying to balance the financial interests of providers who have already been heavily subsidized and given near monopolies, and who nevertheless have given us an unevenly distributed sub-par infrastructure, one of the other four commissioners is standing up without equivocation for an Internet equally open to every idea.

Commissioner Michael Copps calls for re-classifying the Internet as a telecommunications service, undoing the mischief of classifying it as an information service. “[Let's] actually call an apple and apple!,” he says.

Commissioner Copps also excoriates the Google-Verizon proposal because it excludes wireless and because it would create “tiered Internets”: “‘Managed services’ is what they call this. ‘Gated communities for the Affluent’ is what I call them.”

You can read Commissioner Copps’ comments here (pdf). (via Slashdot) [Me on Googizon, and an interview with Rick Whitt, Google lawyer.]

3 Responses to “Copps shows gumption at the FCC”

  1. “Net neutrality” is exclusively about censorship. It has never been about anything else. it cannot be about anything else. It must not be discussed in any other terms.

  2. Copps simply wants as much power as he can grab. An aide from his office recently admitted, in a moment of unusual candor, that Copps wants to regulate “everything.” This statement was confirmed by Copps’ reaction to Julius Genachowski’s “wrong way” proposal, in which Copps said that he not only wanted to subject broadband to antidiluvian, 19th century laws intended for analog telephone service but also did not want to forebear from any of their provisions. Imagine what Copps – who went nuclear over Janet Jackson’s brief exposure of not a nipple but a pastie – would do if he got his hands on the Net! It wouldn’t be pretty.

    Apparently, Copps is even opposed to ISPs basing their charges on the cost of providing service, charging customers more if they use more resources. In short, he wants confiscatory regulation.

    Fortunately, the people spoke loudly and clearly in the recent election when they gave the Republicans control of the House. Even if the FCC is rash enough to attempt to regulate the Net before the new Congress is seated, either Congress or the courts will quickly repeal such illegal regulations. The FCC doesn’t have the power to regulate the Net (Congress explicitly stated that this was its intent at 47 USC 230(b)). And thank Heaven it doesn’t. It’s government regulation, not ISPs’ network management, that poses a threat to the freedom of the Internet.

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