What a difference a change of Congress makes. Marsha Blackburn has filed a bill to halt the FCC from making any moves on the Internet as far as regulations go. —
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is keeping the promise she made last month. Today, she filed a bill to strike down the Federal Communications Commission’s recent move to enact net neutrality regulations. The Internet Freedom Act states Internet regulation is the sole prerogative of Congress, and is supported by more than 60 House members, including the majority of Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“I agree that the Internet faces a number of challenges,” Rep. Blackburn said in a statement. “Only Congress can address those challenges without compounding them. Until we do, the FCC and other federal bureaucracies should keep their hands off the ‘net.”
Heh. Harold ole boy, I told you two years ago at the height of Democratic power that the FCC would probably not get progress vis a vis the Internet. This just caps my prediction.
Should we crow about this? Yes and no. Yes because it is the role that Congress is designated to do. No because quite honestly Congress can screw it up far worse than the FCC could. Its my hope now that Congress will define a rational plan for data services that encompasses the following attributes —
- That access is available at a base level regardless of color, creed or orientation. The only criterion is the ability to pay. And yes tiered pricing for that wish more speed is quite all right so long as the base is useable.
- That walled gardens based on proprietary networking schemes are not permitted.
- That content be decoupled from carriage. Yes Auntie Mae, Verizon may not be the sole provider of entertainment content, you may buy from whomever you wish without interference.
- That adult content be required to move to a specified domain. Lets give the parents a fighting chance shall we?
I hope we get it.
[Cross Posted at ThridPipe.com]