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  •  As if we have not learned how regulators fail to (5+ / 0-)

    regulate, particularly clear to all of us after September 2008.........

    There's a clear path forward for Wheeler to prevent what he says he wants to prevent—a two-tiered Internet.

    That's by reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service—a public utility—instead of as an information service as it currently is, a classification that has created all sorts of legal wrangling challenging the FCC's authority.

    The FCC can simply reclassify broadband companies, and enforce net neutrality without jumping through the hoops he proposes with this rule.

    _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

    by allenjo on Wed May 21, 2014 at 03:27:58 PM PDT

    •  We have also learned how regulators (0+ / 0-)

      create industries and innovation - see the Carterfone decision, forcing Ma Bell to let people plug their own electronics into the phone system.  From that decision and its enforcement, came home answering machines, fax machines, Hayes modems - from which came Compuserve and the demonstration that the public would use an Internet.

      •  it is our telecommunications system, not (0+ / 0-)
        In the end, Carterfone says that it is our telecommunications system, not AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast's. We finance the system with our subscription, application, and investment money. We support it with utility easements, regulatory breaks, and government contracts paid for by our taxes. We make it work because we are its workers. We make it exciting with our innovations, technical and social, big and small.
        We do not begrudge the CEOs of these great corporations their legal positions. But they are, as Andrew Carnegie would put it, stewards of the system, not its owners. They are not there to tell us to Go Away.

        They are there to keep the system running while we discover it, use it, develop it, innovate it, game it, finesse it, and reinvent it to our heart's content. The great enterprise of telecommunications is no better than our right to participate in it as individuals.

        http://arstechnica.com/...

        _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

        by allenjo on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:08:05 AM PDT

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