Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Why Something Good May Come of the FCC’s Net Neutrality Move

From: The American

December 21, 2010, 2:49 pm
So the FCC has mandated, via a party-line vote, new net neutrality rules. This sets the stage for two things. First is a protracted legal battle by the regulated firms as they argue the FCC lacks the authority to regulate in this manner.

The second and more interesting development: this will spur the push for the REINS Act in the next Congress. The REINS Act is welcome legislation sponsored by Representative Geoff Davis and Senator Jim DeMint that would subject significant new federal rules to congressional vote. The new FCC rules would qualify. There is good reason to think bipartisan regulatory reform is possible in the next Congress. Thanks to the FCC’s action, the odds just increased that Congress will act.

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