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FCC Regulating Internet to Prevent Companies from Regulating Internet?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-11-22 11:09
The FCC's latest apparent attempt to justify mandating Internet regulation is:
To begin, if the FCC actually wanted to prevent "anyone from regulating the Internet," would that not logically include preventing the FCC itself from regulating the Internet?
It is supremely ironic that the entity that describes itself as the lead U.S. "regulator" per law, is accusing companies of being the real "regulators" when the law, FCC "regulation," common knowledge and common sense all consider companies to be "competitors" and not "regulators."
Competitive broadband companies compete by offering differentiated products, services, features, prices, bandwidth, quality of service, security protections, etc., because consumers' needs, wants and means are very different.
If competitive broadband providers do not satisfy their customers, they lose them, because U.S. consumers have more facilities-based broadband competitive choices than any other citizenry in the world -- by far.
This latest strange justification episode is eerily reminiscent of another time the FCC tried to redefine reality contrary to U.S law, FCC regulatory precedents, and the Supreme Court.
In sum, how serious does the FCC expect to be taken when they officially and publicly try and justify their actions by denying the law, regulation, legal precedent, common knowledge and common sense by nonsensically arguing that:
If this is the best justification the FCC can muster, it suggests that potential FCC net neutrality regulation of the Internet could be an unmitigated disaster, because there is slim chance that the courts, the Congress, and the public will accept and support such fatally-flawed, circular logic and justification that defies any common sense or reasonableness.