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  • FCC: Regulate Internet Like Phones?

    At first glance it seems like a good idea. Comments?

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing unprecedented rules to regulate Internet service providers -- including mobile broadband -- like a public utility, in a far-reaching move that could be one of the most divisive plans to emerge from the agency in years.
    In an op-ed in Wired magazine posted online, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his plan would regulate Internet service much like phone service or any other public utility by applying Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.
    In doing so, the agency would prohibit providers from slowing down, speeding up or blocking web content.
    "I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC," he wrote. "My proposal assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone's permission."

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    Until the phone companies were deregulated, the only innovation ever added was touch tone phones. We remained with a pair of copper wires, a technology that dates to the first phones ever in existence, leading to every customer from a central switcher, extra charges for a long distance call, and extra charges for each additional phone or private line added to a residence or business. There was even an extra charge for sending a fax over a phone line or accessing the early Internet through a private Bulletin Board service.

    After deregulation, the Internet came into rapid expansion with the abandonment of the analog modem, cable and fiber optics, wireless phones, cell phones, satellite phones, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and an exploding technology in worldwide communications that included live video conferencing with no extra cost regardless of the location and destination of the communications.

    So, ask yourself, do we really want the Government to impose regulations thus reverting this technology back to the good old days of regulated landlines?
    “Breaking News,”

    “Something irrelevant in your life just happened and now we are going to blow it all out of proportion for days to keep you distracted from what's really going on.”


    • #3
      If the government is going to regulate it, it will regulate it to death.


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