Michael K. Powell
In today’s edition of our Online Supporter Week, we here at Broadband for America are turning the spotlight on efforts to enforce unnecessary regulatory burdens on the Internet through so-called “reclassification” and net neutrality.
As part of our Online Supporter Week, we here at Broadband for America are focusing today’s discussion on broadband’s most positive contribution to our economy: Job Growth.
Former FCC Chairman and Broadband for America Honorary Co-Chair Michael Powell says that current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski should clarify his stance on net neutrality.
Broadband for America Honorary Co-Chair Michael Powell will provide the keynote address for this Wednesday’s public policy forum hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) in Washington, DC.
Editorial boards across the country are reacting to last week’s announcement that the FCC plans to reclassify broadband. Here is a selection:
At a minimum, the FCC action will be challenged in court and introduce years of uncertainty at a time when the economy needs all the risk-taking and investment it can get. At worst, it will lead to a new era of political meddling in Internet investment, bandwidth allocation, and no doubt much more
Wall Street Journal Editorial
Why would you want to regulate a communications and economic platform that has been such a roaring success and has had so few problems? So the announcement last week by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski that the agency planned to assert authority over the Internet raises all kinds of red flags.
Denver Post Editorial
The FCC almost a decade ago forswore classification of the Internet as a telecommunications service - which it has power to regulate in detail…. But if Genachowski and the other majority Democratic commissioners push their regulations through (which will take months) they could cripple development of the Internet.
Boston Herald Editorial
Chairman Julius Genachowski and the other two Democratic members of the Federal Communications Commission want to block high-speed Internet service providers from offering prioritized service to those willing to pay more for that capacity. Which would be sort of like barring the airlines from providing bigger seats to those who'll pay more, or barring the post office from promising faster delivery to those willing to pay for "Priority" or "Express."Read more
This afternoon, BfA Hon. Co-Chairman and former FCC Chairman Michael Powell appeared on CNBC. Here are a few highlights:
“What the Chairman is proposing is the most massive expansion of FCC authority over the Internet ever.”
“The Congress first thought the Internet deserved expert protection in 1996. The Clinton Administration said keep our hands off the Internet.
Now we want this big, big new regulatory push. What is going wrong in the marketplace that we're trying to fix here?”
You can watch the full video here.