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Offline XR500Final

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FCC to Use Nuclear Option to Regulate Internet
« on: May 10, 2010, 09:35:58 pm »
The FCC has done it.  The nuclear option.  To circumvent Congress and the courts they are reclassifying the Internet as a telephone system to regulate it as a public utility.  It's an astonishing power grab, and we need to stop it.  For more information, I am forwarding my column from today on FOX Forum.  You can read it below.

 
I have two action items for you today:
1. Tell Congress to step in and stop FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's Internet takeover by clicking here:
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2. Sign up for our RightOnline conference in Las Vegas, July 23 and 24th, where we will organize in person to fight back against the Netroots left on this and other crucial issues:
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From: Phil Kerpen 
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 11:33 AM
Subject: Kerpen on FOX Forum: The FCC Goes for the Nuclear Option
 
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/05/06/phil-kerpen-fcc-genachowski-net-neutrality-obama-free-press-mcchesney/
Updated May 06, 2010
The FCC Goes for the Nuclear Option

If FCC Chairman Genachowski announces his intention to reclassify the Internet as a telephone system, he will be reversing 30 years of precedent
 
By Phil Kerpen - FOXNews.com
 
As I have repeatedly warned and noted on www.ObamaChart.com, when Congress blocks the Obama administration, the White House always finds a way to get around the normal policy-making process and pursue its agenda by other means. Today's reclassification assault on the Internet is the latest-and perhaps the most egregious-example.
 
In its effort to imposing crippling net neutrality regulations on the Internet-an idea with very little support from the American public or Congress-the Obama administration first turned to the FCC simply to pretend Congress has given it authority to regulate.
 
That effort suffered a major setback when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals emphatically smacked down the FCC's regulatory proposals in Comcast v. FCC. President Obama and his close friend and FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, however, refuse to back down. Instead they're escalating to the regulatory equivalent of a nuclear attack on the free-market Internet: Chairman Genachowski will announce today his intention to reclassify broadband Internet as an old-fashioned telephone system as a pretext for pervasive regulatory control.
 
Broadband Internet service has never been regulated like old-fashioned telephone lines -- classified as "Title II" under the Telecommunications Act. The FCC settled the matter definitively in 1998, when Clinton-appointed FCC Chairman William Kennard demolished the same reclassification arguments being made today in that year's Report to Congress :
 
Our findings in this regard are reinforced by the negative policy consequences of a conclusion that Internet access services should be classed as "telecommunications" … Classifying Internet access services as telecommunications services could have significant consequences for the global development of the Internet. We recognize the unique qualities of the Internet, and do not presume that legacy regulatory frameworks are appropriately applied to it.
 
If Chairman Genachowski announces, as expected, his intention to reclassify the Internet as a telephone system, he will be reversing 30 years of precedent starting with the Carter administration FCC's "Computer II" decision and definitively settled with respect to broadband Internet access by the Clinton FCC in 1998. Turning sharply left from Carter and Clinton indicates a pretty extreme shift beyond the mainstream of American politics.
 
Such a shift is unjustified, because free-market Internet policy has been a tremendous success. The Internet -- in the absence of regulation -- has flourished into a remarkable engine of economic growth, innovation, competition, and free expression. Such triumph argues in favor of continuing existing successful policies, but with today's announcement the FCC shows it is more interested in satisfying a left-wing political constituency than continuing sound policy.
 
Consider the words of one of the leading advocates of Internet regulation, Robert McChesney, founder of the left-wing group Free Press. McChesney said to SocialistProject.ca: "What we want to have in the U.S. and in every society is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility."
 
He went on to explain: "At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control."
 
Not surprisingly, Free Press put out a statement yesterday just minutes after the story leaked that the FCC would pursue reclassification. Remarkably, they openly stated that even the nuclear option of total regulatory control under a utility-type model is not enough for them, saying: "This is extremely welcome news. We reserve judgment, however, on whether the FCC has gone far enough."
 
The communications industry is, like health care, roughly one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Unlike health care, however, the FCC seems to believe it can take over the communications system with just three votes at the Commission. If they insist on trying, Congress needs to step in and stop them.
 
Phil Kerpen is vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity and director of its www.NoInternetTakeover.com project. He can be reached on Twitte, Facebook, and through www.PhilKerpen.com.

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Re: FCC to Use Nuclear Option to Regulate Internet
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2010, 09:53:47 pm »
Net Neutrality is crippling?  Someone has their head up their ass.  We want net neutrality or you'll wake up one morning to find you can't listen to Alex or log on here without paying an exorbitant extra fee to your ISP.   The article is corporatist propaganda.
 

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Re: FCC to Use Nuclear Option to Regulate Internet
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2010, 10:00:06 pm »
Net Neutrality is crippling?  Someone has their head up their ass.  We want net neutrality or you'll wake up one morning to find you can't listen to Alex or log on here without paying an exorbitant extra fee to your ISP.   The article is corporatist propaganda.
 

net neutrality conceptually is god.

net neutrality in legislation is a trojan horse for government control of humani expression.
All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately

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Re: FCC to Use Nuclear Option to Regulate Internet
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2010, 10:30:42 pm »
if it turns into a public utility, then we can control it ....right???.....

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Re: FCC to Use Nuclear Option to Regulate Internet
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2010, 11:51:50 am »
Oh - so my cable is a 'phone' now?
And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!

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Re: FCC to Use Nuclear Option to Regulate Internet
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2010, 12:07:07 pm »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Genachowski

This scum lawyer(The FCC Chairman) graduated from Columbia and Harvard (Like Soetoro). I see no connections to Goldman Sachs SO FAR.

Julius Genachowski (born August 19, 1962) is an American lawyer and businessman. He became Federal Communications Commission Chairman on June 29, 2009.[1]
Contents [hide]
1 Education
2 Government and business experience
3 Obama campaign and transition
4 Accomplishments as FCC chairman
5 Personal
6 References
[edit]Education

Genachowski grew up in Great Neck, New York and received his B.A. in history in 1985 magna cum laude, from Columbia College, Columbia University, where he was an editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator. He received his J.D. in 1991 from Harvard Law School, where he was a notes editor at the Harvard Law Review[2] when it was headed by Barack Obama, who graduated in the same year. After graduating from Harvard, also magna cum laude, Genachowski clerked for the Honorable Abner J. Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then at the U.S. Supreme Court for two years, for Justices William J. Brennan and David Souter.[3]
[edit]Government and business experience

He worked on the select committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and for U.S. Representative (now Senator) Chuck Schumer.[4] He was Chief Counsel to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt, a position he left in 1996 to go into business.
Genachowski was Chief of Business Operations and a member of Barry Diller's Office of the Chairman at IAC/InterActiveCorp. He had previously served on the Boards of Directors of Expedia, Hotels.com and Ticketmaster.[2]
He is a co-founder of LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures.[3] He is also a special advisor at General Atlantic and a member of the Boards of Directors at The Motley Fool, Web.com, Mark Ecko Enterprises, and Beliefnet.[3] He was appointed to the board of JackBe in April 2006. [5]
Genachowski serves as a board member of Common Sense Media, a leading organization seeking to improve the media lives of children and families; and as an advisory board member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). He also recently helped found the New Resource Bank, the country’s first commercial "green bank."[2]
[edit]Obama campaign and transition

For the Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign, Genachowski was Chairman of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications policy working group that created the Obama Technology and Innovation Plan.[6] He also advised and guided the Obama campaign’s innovative use of technology and the Internet for grassroots engagement and participation.
He co-led the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Group for president-elect Barack Obama's presidential transition team.[7] On January 12, 2009, several news outlets reported that Genachowski would be President-Elect Obama's choice to head the Federal Communications Commission as Chairman. This was confirmed by a press release on March 3, 2009.[8]
[edit]Accomplishments as FCC chairman

Genachowski set a new tone for the agency when he promised to rein in companies restricting what people can do on their Internet lines.[9] In August, he surprised the tech industry when he demanded an explanation from Apple for its rejection of Google Voice.[9] Late in September, he argued for new rules to make sure Internet service providers obey the FCC's network neutrality principles.[9]
[edit]Personal

He is married to Rachel Goslins, a documentary filmmaker. His parents are Eastern European Jews who survived the Holocaust.[10] His cousin, Menachem Genack, is an Orthodox rabbi and the CEO of the Orthodox Union Kosher Division.[11]
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Re: FCC to Use Nuclear Option to Regulate Internet
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2010, 10:34:15 pm »
If they really try to shut down the internet, it is going to really piss people off.
If they turn it into internet like on your phone, where you pay per bite, people wont notice.

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Re: FCC to Use Nuclear Option to Regulate Internet
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2010, 04:46:49 am »
If the FCC is given the power to regulate the internet as a telephone system, that means that they will tax your internet. You will have to pay an FCC tax on top of your internet subscription. This is nothing but a backdoor internet tax.