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FCC Moves to Regulate Internet

• Prison Planet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to begin the formal process of bringing the Internet under greater federal control – a move sought by both President Barack Obama and FCC Chairnman Julius Genachowski.

This step comes after the federal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in April rebuked the FCC in its attempt to enforce a controversial regulatory doctrine called Net Neutrality, which would allow the government to prevent private Internet providers from deciding which applications to allow on their networks.

The court said that the FCC did not have the authority to prevent Comcast, specifically, from blocking certain peer-to-peer Web sites.

The FCC is now trying to reclassify the Internet to broaden its authority over the Web. Currently, the FCC only has “ancillary” authority, meaning it can regulate Internet access only in the process of regulating another service that it has direct authority over, such as television or cable.

The 3-2 party-line vote on Thursday at the FCC began the formal process of reclassifying the Internet as a telecommunications service instead of an information service – its current classification. This is necessary because, as an information service, the government has little power to regulate Internet networks.


4 Comments in Response to

Comment by Concerned Patriot
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Torrents are awesome.

That is all

Comment by Die Daily
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Exactly LoTek. A "peer-to-peer website" is a meaningless term coined by an ignoramus who probably meant "torrent tracker" but was too technically illiterate to understand the basic concepts. This same ignoramus will, no doubt, will be a high-ranking regulator. The funny thing is that we've seen this before. Right now there are a million 12 year old hackers laughing their heads off and saying "bring it on!". And a few 42 year old ones too :-).

Comment by Concerned Patriot
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A peer to peer website is one of THE greatest things ever almost as good as warez but not really.

The are magical places where you can get free music movies and computer software all with the increased risk of a virus or trojan.

Yep they are crazy awesome you should try some search for r@ygold and download everything you can find its all about freedom.

Comment by Nick Barnett
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WTF is a "peer to peer website"?

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