Netroots Tell Obama and the FCC -- You Can't Just Let the Telecoms Steal the Internet
Leaders of the Internet's grassroots community have made it clear that inaction by the FCC is not an option when it comes to keeping the Web open and accessible.
In a series of posts and statements, bloggers for DailyKos, FireDogLake, OpenLeft.com, theAmerican Prospectand other influential sites have expressed dismay that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski would consider abandoning the agency's role as watchdog over the Internet.
A Washington Post story indicated that Genachowski was considering nothing to stop phone and cable companies from blocking access to websites and services. The chairman is weighing the agency's options in the aftermath of a federal appeals court decision that undercut the FCC's authority to protect Internet openness and ensure universal access.
According to thePost, Genachowski is "leaning toward keeping the current regulatory framework for broadband services" -- the one option that leaves the communications commission toothless in its oversight of 21st century communications.
"They can do nothing [and] accept Bush's handicapping and an unregulated Internet, or they can 'reclassify' broadband as a telecommunications service -- which the Supreme Court said was in their power -- fixing a Bush mistake and returning the Internet to the regulatory framework Congress intended."