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Government Logic

The internet has grown to an unimagined scope and reach over the last ten years.  It has done so with little to no regulation, interference, or support from the government.

So naturally, we need to keep it from getting worse by having people who don’t understand it regulate it.

The FCC acted out of fear that some isolated instances of telecommunications companies restricting access to phone and other services from competitors would become more frequent. And that could change the Internet for the worse, said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

“What we were trying to head off is changes that would close the Internet, stifle the incredible innovation and investment that we’ve seen,” Genachowski said.

Our Government, solving problems that don’t exist yet by making sure something that has developed with no government regulation is finally now regulated.


Some good news from the FCC

As hard as I try to remain positive and optimistic (and I really am in real life), when it comes to politics and government action, my posts are often negative.  There’s a reason:  the government is always trying to increase power, which decreases Liberty.

When I turned 40 last month, I reminded myself that my one voice doesn’t add much to the much louder and more effective voices who want to move us to Liberty (Cato, Reason, Balko, Napolitano, Stossel, etc) and maybe I should try to move my blogging in another direction.  Certainly I’ll still post on Libertarian subject matter and point out government excess, though I’m trying to stick to subjects I have passion for (wine shipping, for example), more local stuff, pointing out inconsistent arguments, and reminding people that Libertarians are good, not evil.  Not sure how long it will last, given how frustrating it is to watch.

Anyway, it was nice to see this article in the Washington Post today.  The FCC appears to have decided, at least for now, to leave the internet be.

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated, according to sources, even as a federal court decision has exposed weaknesses in the agency’s ability to be a strong watchdog over the companies that provide access to the Web.

The FCC currently has “ancillary” authority over broadband providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon and must adequately justify actions over those providers. Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the agency had exceeded its authority in 2008 when it applied sanctions against Comcast.

The ruling cast doubt over the FCC’s ability to create a “net neutrality” rule that would force Internet service providers to treat all services and applications on the Web equally.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to respond soon to the court ruling. Three sources at the agency said Genachowski has not made a final decision but has indicated in recent discussions that he is leaning toward keeping in place the current regulatory framework for broadband services but making some changes that would still bolster the FCC’s chances of overseeing some broadband policies.

The sources said Genachowski thinks “reclassifying” broadband to allow for more regulation would be overly burdensome on carriers and would deter investment. But they said he also thinks the current regulatory framework would lead to constant legal challenges to the FCC’s authority every time it attempted to pursue a broadband policy.

Maybe it’s not for the right reasons, but it’s nice to see the regulators choose to not regulate something.

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