GOP expects sweeping change at Trump’s FCC


Source: Hill, The
Author: Harper Neidig
Coverage Type: reporting
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Republicans are eager to turn the page at the Federal Communications Commission after eight years of policies under President Barack Obama that they say have stifled innovation and burdened the tech sector. President Trump’s appointment of Ajit Pai as FCC chairman has raised hopes that many of the rules and regulations enacted under President Obama — including the controversial network neutrality rules — will soon be on the chopping block.

Chairman Pai fought against the enactment of former-Chairman Tom Wheeler’s signature Open Internet Order, which codified net neutrality, the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally. Republicans like Pai denounced the FCC order for reclassifying internet service providers as [telecommunications services]. The move subjected internet providers to heavier regulation, with the FCC effectively taking over regulatory jurisdiction on issues like privacy from the Federal Trade Commission.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who tried to roll back the net neutrality order through legislation, said Republicans are deliberating how to tackle net neutrality now that the party is in charge of both the executive and legislative branches. “I think getting some certainty on the net neutrality issue is something that industry would like for us to do,” Rep Blackburn said. “Everyone would like to see some certainty there, and everyone would like to see the FCC back in their correct lanes. FTC should have jurisdiction for privacy.”

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The law is clear Ms Blackburn is WRONG and IGNORING U.S. LAW.

(50) Telecommunications
The term “telecommunications” means the transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received.
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Yes; "Pai denounced the FCC order for reclassifying internet service providers".
The trouble is the FCC was following the Communications Act definition listed above. There was no "reclassifying" from one thing into another, - this was recognizing 18 years of SCOTUS mistakes used to create free nternet pornography broadcasting to children and judges as helped create GOOG. The ISPs were ALWAYS Title II telecommunications providers.

Section 222(C) - Privacy of customer information
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(c) Confidentiality of customer proprietary network information
.....read it yourself.

Privacy of telecommunications is the jurisdiction of the FCC for speech not involving trade. though this is included as well. The Communications Act disagrees with TN District 7 Representative Marsha Blackburn.

CurtisNeeley on January 26, 2017 - 1:07pm.

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