In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks...
...Breaking a deadlock within his agency, Mr. Genachowski is expected Thursday to outline his plan for regulating broadband lines. He wants to adopt "net neutrality" rules that require Internet providers like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to treat all traffic equally, and not to slow or block access to websites.
The decision has been eagerly awaited since a federal appeals court ruling last month cast doubt on the FCC's authority over broadband lines, throwing into question Mr. Genachowski's proposal to set new rules for how Internet traffic is managed. The court ruled the FCC had overstepped when it cited Comcast in 2008 for slowing some customers' Internet traffic.
In a nod to such concerns, the FCC said in a statement that Mr. Genachowski wouldn't apply the full brunt of existing phone regulations to Internet lines and that he would set "meaningful boundaries to guard against regulatory overreach."Which is "We'll do what we want to do, but not too much of it. So sue us!"
What Google wants, Google gets.
It's likely that the decision was influenced by Obama's 'house geek.'
President Obama's "Internet czar," Susan P. Crawford, is tied to a Marxist-run liberal media think tank that advocates government intervention in the Internet, charges a new book released this week.
She was chosen to head up the Obama transition's Federal Communications Commission Review team. After the inauguration, Obama named her special assistant to the president for science, technology, and innovation policy – or Internet czar.
Her writings appear in a very interesting journal.
In just one of Crawford's radical connections exposed in "The Manchurian President," the book documents her close ties to Free Press, an advocate for government intervention in the Internet
She spoke at a May 14, 2009, "Changing Media" Free Press summit in Washington. Crawford's "One Web Day" project, which seeks to broaden the public's awareness of Internet and Web issues, lists the radical ACORN as one of its "participating organizations." Free Press is listed as another.
Crawford's "One Web Day" is also promoted on the Free Press website.
The founder of Free Press, Robert W. McChesney, is a professor at the University of Illinois and former editor of the Marxist journal Monthly Review.
In February 2009, McChesney, an avowed Marxist, urged that capitalism be dismantled.A project which is underway, I guess.