Wednesday, October 13, 2010

November 30th Could Be the Day the FCC Seizes Control of the Internet

November 30th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could potentially engage in one of the largest federal power grabs we have ever seen... At the FCC’s November meeting – three unelected bureaucrats (of five) could simply vote themselves rulers of 1/6th of our entire economy – the information and technology sector.

If this happens, the Internet that you currently enjoy – that has been a marvel of economic and information innovation and success – will be subject to vast new governmental regulations.

What we are talking about is Internet reclassification. What that means is the FCC – which by its own admission doesn’t have authority over the Web – would just vote itself said authority. By reclassifying the Internet – so that it would be subject to the same rules as landline telephones.

The FCC has long had tremendous power over landline telephones. But, currently, the FCC has no power over the Internet because the FCC doesn’t have power over anything until Congress writes a law saying they do. And Congress has never done this for the FCC with the Internet.

You didn’t elect these people – but they are on the verge of electing themselves Internet overlords.

More info on the FCC commissioners -

The FCC is directed by five commissioners appointed by the U.S. president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The president designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairperson. Only three commissioners may be members of the same political party. None of them may have a financial interest in any FCC-related business.

Current chairman and commissioners

Julius Genachowski, Chairman
Michael J. Copps, Commissioner
Robert M. McDowell, Commissioner
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner
Meredith Attwell Baker, Commissioner

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