As pernicious as the Federal Communications Commission's "bright-line" rules prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization on the Internet are, they pale in comparison to what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called a "catch-all standard." The "general conduct" rule is so broad and vague that there is really no part of the Internet that it does not allow the FCC to regulate.
But this rule may well prove to be the Achilles' heel of Net Neutrality.
After the FCC made its "Net Neutrality" rules public late last week, The New American began poring over the 400 pages of rules and comments in the document (officially entitled "Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order") in an effort to inform our readers about what is actually in it.
What we found affirms the statements by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai that the rules are a threat to the future of the Internet and a danger to both liberty and a free market.
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Calling the FBI’s proposal to expand its authority to hack criminal suspects’ computers a “monumental” concern, Google is urging an advisory committee to “reject” the proposal and leave any such changes to Congress.