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The FCC is a 5- member un -elected, Presidential appointed, by Obama, commission with Senate approval (part of that "advise and consent" thing).  Their purpose, as stated on the website, is:

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the commission is the United States' primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation. In its work facing economic opportunities and challenges associated with rapidly evolving advances in global communications, the agency capitalizes on its competencies in:

  • Promoting competition, innovation and investment in broadband services and facilities
  • Supporting the nation's economy by ensuring an appropriate competitive framework for the unfolding of the communications revolution
  • Encouraging the highest and best use of spectrum domestically and internationally
  • Revising media regulations so that new technologies flourish alongside diversity and localism
  • Providing leadership in strengthening the defense of the nation's communications infrastructure

Today, this Congressionally overseen commission of 5 voted 3-2 to regulate the internet to European standards.  Is the internet in Europe better than what we have here in the US??  NO, not by a long shot!! So why would this un-elected commission decide the US internet should be like Europe???  Because, the internet is controlled in Europe and Obama wants "control".  The government can now pick winners and losers. What's more, the States can also reach out and get a piece of the tax pie.

The Internet Tax Freedom Act which has held the FCC, etc in check and left the internet open to the free market, will expire in October. Congress is expected to reinstate the Act. 

The biggest problem is that the 322 page bill written to implement "net neutrality" has only been seen by the Commission and has not been released to the public or to Congress.  By law and the Administrative Procedures Act there is to be a specific amount of time for the public to be able to read new and proposed regulations, as well as make comments related to the regulations.  Neither of these things has happened.....nothing unheard of in the Obama Administration.

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