As I sat down this morning to write, pondering different issues that I could address, one thing continued to stick in my mind. Once again, let me discuss the Federal Communications Commission and their new plan to regulate the Internet. I have already discussed this once, but I think there is more to be said. There is certainly more dissent, as several Republican lawmakers are declaring they will be fighting the new rules in the Congress that will take their seats in January. Among those who have said they will do so, we find Senators John Ensign, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and Jim DeMint. Oddly enough, even with all of the media attention that has been centered on the vote taken this week at the FCC, it is not known for sure what these new rules will contain. That’s what troubles me the most. Here is a quote from FOX News.
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The Internet regulations — which aim to prevent service providers from discriminating against websites and companies using their networks — cannot go into effect until 60 days have passed after they have been posted in the Federal Register. But the rules won’t be released until the dissent by commissioners who voted against them are addressed.buy phentermine online no prescription
A source with knowledge of the FCC’s workings told FoxNews.com that the rules are likely to be made public in January, putting them on track to be enacted sometime in March.
Can someone explain to me why we have a federal agency, who’s members were not elected, going against the ruling of an appeals court and trying to enact rules that will begin regulation of the Internet? To top that off, they refuse to release the plan until the concerns of the dissenting members are addressed. I don’t understand what difference that will make, as they have apparently already approved the new rules, in a 3-2 vote. Unless they change the rules to suit the two Republican dissenters, how is delaying the release of the rules the proper thing to do?valium online no prescription
Let me be as clear as I can be. The FCC is attempting to regulate the Internet and the general public doesn’t have access to the new rules. Therefore, a proper public debate on the issue can not be held. There is a lot of speculation on what the rules will say, but until we have a hard copy in our hands or before our eyes, how can we say this is a good or a bad thing? It’s like trying to drive a car around a curve and not being able to see the curve. I think the right thing for the Obama administration and the FCC to do is to release the rules and let all of us see what is about to happen. I can’t stress that enough, it is simply the right thing to do. Here is what we know now about any possible release, as well as the move to push back against the FCC.
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Republicans, who will control the House and an additional five seats in the Senate in the next Congress, are planning to take advantage of the procedural delay.buy klonopin online no prescription
“It gives us time to put a coalition together to push back,” a Republican Senate aide told FoxNews.com.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can strike down a regulation by passing a joint resolution. If President Obama vetoes the resolution, Congress could overturn it by a two-thirds majority.
While blocking the FCC’s Internet rules appear to be a longshot, Republicans aren’t backing down.
Sens. John Ensign and Kay Bailey Hutchison plan to introduce a resolution of disapproval to stop the ruling from going into effect.
“This vote is an unprecedented power-grab by the unelected members of the Federal Communications Commission, spearheaded by Chairman Genachowski,” Hutchison said in a statement, referring to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowksi. “The FCC is attempting to push excessive government regulation of the Internet through without congressional authority and these actions threaten the very future of the technology.”
“Individuals and businesses alike are rightfully concerned about government attempts to seize control of the Internet, and I will introduce a resolution of disapproval in an effort to overturn this troubling regulatory overreach by the FCC,” she added.
Rep. Fred Upton, who will oversee the powerful House Energy and Commerce in the next Congress, has pledged to summon all members of the FCC to Capitol Hill to explain their move while working to block the plan “by any legislative means necessary.”
I have no illusions that this move by the Republicans will force the rules to be published early. This administration seems to have no problem doing exactly what they want, when they want, with no compunction of how it affects the American citizen. I expect the FCC rules will be no different.
In simple terms, here is what is happening. We have President Obama, who is personal friends with Julius Genachowski, the Chairman of the FCC. Both of them agree that the Internet needs to be regulated, so therefore they are moving to do just that. Again, let me remind us all that an appeals court has already ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to regulate in such a manner. That doesn’t seem to matter to the FCC or President Obama. The President could call of the dogs, if he chose to do so, but I don’t see that happening. He is a believer in what the FCC is trying to do, so don’t expect him to say a word, other than “atta boy”. Meanwhile, the information highway is about to get a paint job, complete with new white and yellow lines and road signs, and we are driving with blinders on. So much for an open and honest government.