Seizing the Internet

The American Spectator

Staffers at the Federal Communications Commission with ties to the commission’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, coordinated media and strategy planning with senior Free Press and MoveOn.org officials in the run up to Genachowski’s announcement that he would be seeking an FCC vote on imposing so-called “net neutrality” rules on broadband and the Internet, and doing so when Congress is out of session during the Thanksgiving and Christmas recesses.

“Net neutrality” is a policy proposal that would essentially strip the control and traffic management of broadband networks from those companies that deployed them and make them run properly, and transfer much of that oversight to the federal government. Under the proposal rumored to be under consideration by the FCC, network operators such as AT&T and Comcast would not be allowed to offer consumers prioritized service or quality of service guarantees for such things as movie downloads and video streaming.

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