Neil Stevens’ Take on the Failed Waxman Net Neutrality “Compromise”

by Mike Wendy on October 9, 2010

Neil Stevens, writing on Red State (in “Tech at Night: Google, Daily Kos, Net Neutrality”), provides his take on the failed Waxman Net Neutrality “compromise” bill.

Writes Neil:

…[W]e cannot afford to discourage investment in the Internet’s basic infrastructure. As long as ISPs can profit, that investment will happen. But thanks to the FCC, that investment could slow up. Internet firms are already pushing the limits of how much video they can push online, but those limits will stagnate if the FCC forces a one-size-fits-all, all-sites-go-equally-fast pipe dream of technical mediocrity.

We have to pass a bill stopping the FCC as soon as we can, even if it’s under the Democrat-run Congress. We have to commit to passing a bill, and make sure the FCC understands that there will be a reckoning if they so much as flinch at doing Title II reclassification

Whatever one might think of Waxman’s tactic, one thing seems clear.  Over the past year-and-a-half, big government, primarily through its Federal agencies, has waged a unilateral war on the American people.  By threatening Net Neutrality regulation throughout this period, the FCC has played no small role in this onslaught.  

Congress makes the policy.  Agencies – such as the FCC – act based on that authority.  If Congress wants to regulate the Internet, then so be it.  While I do not agree such regulation is warranted, at least the right authority would be doing it.  To this end, the Waxman “compromise,” though surely imperfect, halts the most egregious of the FCC’s threatened efforts – i.e., its so-called “recalssification” plans, which would regulate Internet providers like 19th Century utilities.  

As it stands now, however, the FCC sits at the precipice of action.  Like Russian Roulette to the economy, to Americans, the FCC is about to spin the chamber.

Congress should end this assault.

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