The anti-Net Neutrality brigade is at it again. Some may have seen the recent opinion piece at NPR.com by Scott Cleland, which offers a litany of reasons why net neutrality — which makes the internet go vroom! — should be done away with to fill the coffers of a few powerful Internet Service Providers (ISPs). We've heard Cleland's views on the issue many times, but we couldn't disagree more with his position.
In the article, Cleland claims that net neutrality principles are damaging to free speech and business. Actually, it's kind of the opposite. read more
The scuttlebutt in Washington, DC is that newly-appointed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will talk at the Brookings Institute on Monday, Sept. 21 about the FCC's plan introduce new Net Neutrality rules. (The kids still say scuttlebutt, right?) It probably goes without saying that this is a huge deal for supporters of the open internet, FMC among them. read more
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Net neutrality advocates will be heartened to hear the words that came out of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's mouth in a recent interview with The Hill. The new boss at the Commission stated, pretty much unequivocally, that the FCC intends to proactively uphold the principles that protect the open internet.
"One thing I would say so that there is no confusion out there is that this FCC will support net neutrality and will enforce any violation of net neutrality principles," Genachowski offered. read more
While most the country has been occupied with the Sotomayor confirmation, we at FMC have also been keeping our eyes on another nomination process -- namely, who will fill a pair of important Federal Communications Commission posts.
When President Obama entered office, three out of the five FCC Commissioner spots, including the FCC Chairmanship, were vacant. Last month, the Senate confirmed Julius Genochowski to head up the agency; you can read about it here). On July 15, 2009, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing questioning Obama's nominees for the two remaining Commissioner seats. read more
We're super busy on this Friday afternoon, but we wanted to get it in the official FMC record (or at least this here blog) that the Senate voted Thursday evening to confirm Julius Genachowski -- President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Communications Commission.
Ars Technica: read more