ISP, Edge Groups Talk Network Neutrality Legislation

Author: John Eggerton
Coverage Type: reporting
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

Apparently, House Commerce Committee Republican leadership got together, both in person and by phone, with the major trade associations on both sides of the network neutrality issue August 7 in a series of meeting throughout the day to discuss possible legislative pathways to clarifying the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality authority. The associations involved, according to sources, included NCTA: The Internet and Television Association, CTIA (the wireless industry), USTelecom, and the Internet Association. The associations were asked for, and answered with, suggestions for changes, updates, and input, or alternatives, based on a starting point of draft bills dating back a couple of years that included no blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization, though with paid prioritization language that was flexible enough not to be a blanket prohibition, say, only prohibiting “anti-competitive” or discriminatory paid prioritization.


There is no legal pathway outside Title II to deal with telecommunications providers. The only "third option" is modifying the Communications Act. ISPs are telecommunications providers who wish to remain "information services" providers who are allowed to build and sell user profiles and who may secretly monitor online activities of citizens because the ISPs feel entitled to use expensive fiber, cables and wires buried in public land as if these fiber, cables and wires were completely private property despite being buried in publicly owned land.

There have never been "information services" except as a wholly created imaginary figure of speech like "airwaves" and "enternet" have always been. Reno v ACLU, 1997 is a wholly VOID SCOTUS ruling and there must be legislation to give U.S. Courts some other way to cover for protecting pornography radio-wire broadcasting as protecting free-speech.

Mobile broadband is nothing but the merger of wire and radio communications. There was never any "unique and wholly new medium of worldwide human communication"-G -B exempt from regulation by the FCC.

CurtisNeeley on August 10, 2017 - 3:03pm.



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