06 January, 2011

Second Shot Across The Bow–Will the FCC Get It This Time?

Probably not.

But there’s hope.

As I mentioned earlier, the Senate GOP has already sent the FCC a shot across the bow reminding the FCC that they have no authority to enact “net neutrality”.

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) has sent the FCC another reminder to get its nose out of our internet. Yesterday, she filed a bill to strike down the new FCC regs.

“I agree that the Internet faces a number of challenges,” Rep. Blackburn said in a statement. “Only Congress can address those challenges without compounding them. Until we do, the FCC and other federal bureaucracies should keep their hands off the ‘net.”

Action on the bill is expected soon, Blackburn’s spokesman said — but the act is only an intermediate step in the longer process of repealing the actual regulations.

This won’t be the last salvo in this battle. With luck, the FCC will realize sooner, rather than later, that this is a battle they can’t win and withdraw.

I’m not expecting that from this administration, but I’m not totally without hope.

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