Last Updated: Sep 25,2012
Lawyer questions FCC's authority on Net neutrality rules
Net Neutrality regulations are one area that congress shouldn't meddle. Too many politicians don't understand the repercussions that the lack of such regulations would have. Even if they did, too many of them are too cozy sitting in the pockets of big corporations such as AT&T and Comcast. After hearing Ted Stevens talk about the Internet, I'm even more certain that Washington has no clue about how all this works.
It's not too hard to understand. You just need to know that the internet is not something you can just dump things on.. like a dump truck. It's a series of tubes.
nothing would ever happen if the FCC had to go to congress to get anything done they are way to heavily influenced by lobbyist.
There are alot of good articles about this on Techdirt.com
Telco's sponsors (American capitalism) pays its servants (elected politicians) well, but Bulgaria is a tough competitor, so they need more legislation & rules, while you don't watch, to even up the competitive landscape, which has worked so well in the past.
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"The telecos got the rules changed while we weren't watching," says Johnston in the accompanying interview. Basically, the phone and cable companies lobbied Washington to change laws and regulations to favor their business over their customers.
And remember the so-called "Information Superhighway"?
Over the course of the last 20 years, nearly $500 billion has been collected by the telecom companies to (allegedly) bring America into the 21st century with an "Information Superhighway," says Johnston. That works out ot $3,000 per household to have access to high-speed Internet.
But America did not get what it was promised and much of the country will never get fiber optic lines, Johnston tells The Daily Ticker. And even in cities that do have the faster service, the service is not always accessible.
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