House Ties FCC Hands On Net Neutrality

It's legislation by budget fiat, and it's wrong. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR, @repgregwalden), the chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, successfully introduced an amendment to H.R. 1 that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from using its budget to implement net neutrality rules passed in late 2010. A similar amendment lies in wait in the Senate, offered by Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and John Ensign (R-NE). …continue reading →

Google, Verizon In Pact To Sidestep Net Neutrality?

I was a little exorcised last night when I read about Google and Verizon possibly two-timing the FCC on net neutrality. In the middle of industry/FCC discussion (at least nine meetings in seven weeks), Google and Verizon reportedly (someone leaked) reached a deal to privilege YouTube bits. My gut response was along the lines of "so this is what 'do no evil' means?" I wrote about this at TheModerateVoice and syndicated the essay on Newsvine. The TMV post was featured in TheHill's morning reads. (Blatant self-promotion.) Woot! …continue reading →