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Democrats urge FCC to ignore Google/Verizon deal

updated 07:55 pm EDT, Mon August 16, 2010

FCC asked to push its own regulations

Several Democratic members of the US House of Representatives are urging the FCC to ignore the net neutrality proposal drafted by Google and Verizon. The legislators have asked the Commission to create its own regulations to preserve the open Internet, rather than relying on corporations to dictate the terms.

"No private interest should be permitted to carve up the Internet to suit its own purposes," said Ed Markey of Massachusetts. The representative suggests the FCC should continue with its plans to reclassify wireless broadband for net neutrality enforcement.

"Rather than expansion upon a proposal by two large communications companies with a vested financial interest in the outcome, formal FCC action is needed," wrote the group, which also includes Anna Eshoo of California, Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, and Jay Inslee of Washington.

The joint proposal from Google and Verizon was quickly met with criticism from various groups. The language is said to be riddled with loopholes that could potentially be used to ignore net neutrality principles. The FCC admits that it is time to move forward with plans, but with consumer interests taking a higher priority than demands from corporations. [via Reuters]



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  1. JuanGuapo

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    Hmmm...

    Politics-aside, I am strongly against this deal.... I'm glad to see there is some political steam against it.

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  1. Gozerthegozarian

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    Democrats need more bribes

    How are Democrats supposed to muscle lobbyists for more bribes if the FCC does not control the decisions?

    Increasing government control will enable politicians to take bribes from Google in exchange for making whatever Google wants the law of the land.

    A process where Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft and the compete for control of the net produces the fairest and most neutral outcome.

  1. Gozerthegozarian

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    Democrats need more bribes

    How are Democrats supposed to muscle lobbyists for more bribes if the FCC does not control the decisions?

    Increasing government control will enable politicians to take bribes from Google in exchange for making whatever Google wants the law of the land.

    A process where Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft and the rest compete for control of the net produces the fairest and most neutral outcome.

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