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Google Fears New FCC Powers (Net Neutrality)

From an irony proof National Journal:

Google Fears FCC’s New Internet Powers

By Brendan Sasso | February 26, 2014

A recent court decision that endorsed a broad view of the Federal Communications Commission’s authority over the Internet has Google and other Web companies nervous. In closed-door meetings with regulators and Capitol Hill staff, Google’s lawyers have said they’re worried how the FCC may use its newfound powers, according to multiple people familiar with the meetings.

The extent of the FCC’s authority over Google and other Web services remains unclear, and the current FCC has given no indication that it is interested in pushing aggressive new regulations.

After all, we haven’t see any evidence of the FCC trying to tell anyone how to run their businesses.

But the possibility that the commission could begin telling Google how to organize its search results or handle its users’ data is enough to spook the company’s army of Washington lobbyists…

And never mind that Google has been long since been pushing to give the government more control over the internet, via the Orwellian named, ‘Net Neutrality.’

Last month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s net-neutrality rules, which barred Internet service providers from discriminating against or blocking any websites… But … on the broader issue of the FCC’s power to regulate the Internet, the court gave the commission a huge win.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is now trying to use that broad authority to rework the net-neutrality rules. But the decision also opened the door to a host of other possible Internet regulations.

In fact, the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is seizing on the authority under the telecommunications law to rebuild net neutrality from the ground up. (And never mind that the 9th Circuit struck down the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules.)

The FCC justified its net neutrality rules by pointing to Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, which says the agency has the power to promote the deployment of broadband Internet networks…

The Republican-controlled House likely didn’t think it was giving the FCC sweeping power over the Internet when it enacted the law in 1996, but the provision could be the hook for a slew of new regulations…

Who cares about the intentions of legislators? Especially, if they are Republicans.

Berin Szoka, president of the libertarian group TechFreedom, warned that the FCC may use its new power to enforce provisions from the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, which Congress abandoned after a massive Web revolt in 2012.

The FCC could, theoretically, order Internet service providers and search engines to block websites offering illegal copies of music and movies…

So, bottom line: Obama is once again using his minions to bypass the DC Court and Congress.

And ‘stopping piracy’ will just be the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent. Before you know it, the FCC would be blocking rightwing websites for promoting ‘hate speech.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 27th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Google Fears New FCC Powers (Net Neutrality)”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Tom “Josef Goebbels” Wheeler the new Czar of Propaganda for Obie the Impotent.

    If someone doesn’t rein in this ass clown we’ll all be restricted to the Huffington Post, Salon and Hamsterdance as the only sites left. Oh and of course the Obiecare site.

  2. mr_bill says:

    It’s interesting how many federal agencies have discovered “newfound powers” during this administration.

  3. canary says:

    I was guessing Google will be forced to use logos showing same sex acts or orgies to represent all diversity and organizations, but CNN already says they did. I did not even pick up on this, but CNN failed to mention that Russian uniforms of workers and the number tanks for all athletes were the most colorful rainbow outfits every seen in Olympic history.

    CNN calls this a major pro-gay stance by google. I had to read what they saw, because I did not see the rainbow.


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