FCC Chair Seeks End Run On ‘Net Neutrality
December 20, 2010

It’s hard to miss the irony in today’s side-by-side news reporting of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s move to bypass Congress and implement new so-called “net neutrality” regulations, with reports of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ call for more government regulation of the Internet in his country to “protect citizens.” According to TheHill.com, Democrats allied with Genachowski are pressuring fellow Democratic FCC commissioner Michael Copps to vote with the Chairman on the proposed regulations, or risk consequences that “will reverberate all the way up to the White House and cause damage that could even hurt President Obama.” Meanwhile, in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal posted Sunday (12/19), Republican commissioner Robert McDowell says the new rules address “an imaginary problem” and suggests they will “inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers.” With a shift in power looming in Washington under a new Republican-controlled Congress next month, Genachowski is hoping to push through his plan at tomorrow’s (12/21) scheduled meeting of the five FCC commissioners.