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In Good Enough For Government, Matt on December 24, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , ,

The Net-neutrality of Net Neutrality

On Tuesday, the officials at the FCC announced that they, in addition to deciding to finally let Eminem be, have approved a set of regulations on the distribution practices of broadband service companies, an issue that has been carried under the opaque, ideological umbrella dubbed “net neutrality”.

The temper and sheer volume of reports and blogs on this news, which not only generally highlight the fact that it was basically a split decision, 3-2, between Republicans and Democrats who make up the legislative, or ‘commission’ component of the commission.

Here’s a simple explicatory paragraph from the ‘About’ page of the FCC website that gives a helpful account of how the FCC is organized and how it functions…

“The FCC is directed by five Commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The President designates one of the Commissioners to serve as Chairperson. Only three Commissioners may be members of the same political party. None of them can have a financial interest in any Commission-related business.

As the chief executive officer of the Commission, the Chairman delegates management and administrative responsibility to the Managing Director. The Commissioners supervise all FCC activities, delegating responsibilities to staff units and Bureaus.”

…it comprises 16 executive bureaus and offices.

All of the details were published and posted in a document on the internet on the 23rd, which you can peruse here. It’s outlined in eight sections (first 87 pages) with four appendices, that go like…

  1. Lofty opening summary.
  2. Argument for the statements made in the summary.
  3. The rules to be imposed.
  4. The legality of the rules.
  5. How the rules will be imposed.
  6. Dates, continuing structuring methods, and review.
  7. Description of the legal procedure.
  8. Official orders for the particular offices to adopt the new rules.

The appendices includes all the information behind the main text…but a few random specifics are lists of commenters, concluding, concurring, and dissenting statements by the 5 commissioners, who are (left to right in the picture) Mignon Clyburn, Michael J. Copps, Chairman Julius Genachowski, Robert McDowell, and Merdith A. Baker…

from FCC website

…which is where the 3-2 net neutrality of the regulations is represented. The ruling is getting complaints from both sides, and it is also written somewhere in the appendices that it is pretty much guaranteed to be challenged in the court system.

-Matt

Also see Good Enough For Government, 11/26/10.

PS

Congress passed a whole bunch of bills this week, including the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Compensation Act on Wednesday.

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