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Gingersnap
02-18-2011, 11:29 AM
House Passes Amendment to Block Funds for Net Neutrality Order

By Juliana Gruenwald
Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 6:48 p.m.

Updated at 9:22 a.m. on February 18.

The House passed an amendment Thursday that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from using any funding to implement the network-neutrality order it approved in December.

The amendment, approved on a 244-181 vote, was offered by Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., to legislation that would fund government agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2011.

Walden and other critics of the FCC's net-neutrality order argue it will stifle innovation and investment in broadband. The order aims to bar broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content, services, or applications.

"If left unchallenged, this claim of authority would allow the FCC to regulate any matter it discussed in the national broadband plan," Walden said.

If the defunding effort fails, Republicans are pursuing a second route to try to block the FCC's open-Internet order. Walden and other Republicans in both the House and the Senate introduced on Wednesday a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which would give lawmakers a limited amount of time to try to block the FCC's net-neutrality rules.

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a senior Energy and Commerce member, argued that by voting for the amendment, "you give control to the Broadband Barons ... and then you will see an inevitable decline in innovation, in investment, in the private sector, in the new products, the new technology, the new applications, these new devices, which are basically invented by hundreds and thousands of smaller companies in our country."

National Journal (http://www.nationaljournal.com/house-passes-amendment-to-block-funds-for-net-neutrality-order-20110217)

Arroyo_Doble
02-18-2011, 11:32 AM
Hey. Cable companies invested alot in the Internet. How can they make serious dough if they can't choke their competition from Netflix?

Bailey
02-18-2011, 11:36 AM
Hey. Cable companies invested alot in the Internet. How can they make serious dough if they can't choke their competition from Netflix?

Dont like Cable? go some place else. Internet is not a right.

Arroyo_Doble
02-18-2011, 12:12 PM
Dont like Cable? go some place else. Internet is not a right.

I was poking fun at this sentence:


Walden and other critics of the FCC's net-neutrality order argue it will stifle innovation and investment in broadband.

Usually, when people start talking like that, they want just the opposite; they want to stifle innovation and competition. Remember the Telecommunications Act of 1996?

Anyway, innovation is occurring and people are cutting the cable so now Comcast has a two front war. They are trying to stifle one of those fronts in my opinion.

Novaheart
02-18-2011, 12:28 PM
Dont like Cable? go some place else. Internet is not a right.

Cable companies cannot deliver their product without special legal treatment for their exclusive use of public land and involuntary easements from private landowners. If the cable companies could operate without taxpayer resources, then they could be completely unregulated. As it is, cable companies and internet providers are subject to heavy regulation because they use our collective resources.

Gingersnap
02-18-2011, 12:38 PM
Cable companies cannot deliver their product without special legal treatment for their exclusive use of public land and involuntary easements from private landowners. If the cable companies could operate without taxpayer resources, then they could be completely unregulated. As it is, cable companies and internet providers are subject to heavy regulation because they use our collective resources.

I wouldn't call the ability to watch The View a "resource". Aside from having the ability to interrupt a broadcast in order to inform us of a disaster, the government should just get out of the infotainment field in all sectors.

fettpett
02-18-2011, 03:43 PM
WHOOOOHOOO!!! finally someone standing up FOR Net neutrality. The FCC was given too much of a strong hand when it comes to the internet.

gskibum
08-18-2011, 11:56 AM
Cable companies cannot deliver their product without special legal treatment for their exclusive use of public land and involuntary easements from private landowners. If the cable companies could operate without taxpayer resources, then they could be completely unregulated. As it is, cable companies and internet providers are subject to heavy regulation because they use our collective resources.

I don't think anyone is arguing that government cannot regulate the cable companies.

The discussion is more along the lines of whether this is sensible regulation and what the unintended consequences may be.