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FCC rolls out broadband proposals, weighing response to court

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday said it would pursue 60 regulatory efforts to bring affordable high-speed Internet connections across the country, even as its ability to regulate Internet access hangs in limbo.

The agency said it believes it has the authority to pursue those policies, but analysts and legal experts said a federal court ruling against it earlier this week would make those efforts difficult.

“The court decision earlier this week does not change our broadband policy goals, or the ultimate authority of the FCC to act to achieve those goals,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a press release. “The court did not question the FCC’s goals; it merely invalidated one technical, legal mechanism for broadband policy chosen by prior Commissions.”

Still the agency’s ability to carry out significant portions of its national broadband plan appeared in doubt. The FCC’s general counsel, Austin Schlick, said Wednesday that the federal appeals court decision against it in a case brought by Comcast could affect specific regulatory goals such as bringing affordable connections to low-income and rural areas. It could also affect cybersecurity, privacy and consumer protection efforts.

But the FCC is getting started on its dozens of policy plans – which can take several months to form – so as not to delay those efforts amid its separate legal deliberation, according to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic. The agency has not indicated how it would respond to Tuesday’s court decision.

Specifically, the FCC said that before June, it would begin crafting a ruling that would create an inter-operable public safety network for emergency responders. It would work on a policy to allow mobile customers to get Internet roaming on competing networks. It would also begin taking comments on efforts to bring Internet access television set-top boxes. It will begin a reform a federal phone subsidy to also fund broadband networks.

Between July and September, the FCC will pursue policies to reform broadcast spectrum into mobile wireless airwaves. It will also begin reforms to special access rules for how competitors access the broadband networks of large phone carriers.

More details here.

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 8, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
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Amazing. Just Amazing.

Cecilila Kang does it again today with another blatantly biased article. She writes:

"The agency said it believes it has the authority to pursue those policies, but analysts and legal experts said a federal court ruling against it earlier this week would make those efforts difficult."

Huh? If the FCC really has he legal authority to do what it wants to do, then why would the ruling make it "difficult?"

Sounds as if Kang is trying to mischaracterize the ruling as harming broadband deployment, when in fact it will prevent the Commission from violating the law and imposing regulations that would deter deployment.

Kang is already being paid by Google for her lobbying on its behalf, albeit indirectly, via the ads it places in this blog. I wonder how long it will be before she bolts from the Post and takes the cushy, high-paying job for which she is now "paying forward?"

Posted by: LBrettGlass | April 8, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. Just amazing.

Brett Glass does it again with another blatantly psychotic comment. He has no understanding of the law, since he is a professional comment troll whose earns his living by setting up wifi routers and reselling price-regulated special access service, which he throttles and allegedly spies on his customers with.

Brett, this is pretty simple pal. As the FCC's own GC stated yesterday, many things in the plan like extending USF to broadband cannot, under the ruling yesterday, be stood up on ancillary authority. If the FCC is to extend subsidies for rural broadband, they can under the law only support telecom services, not information services.

Really Brett, the hateful racist disgusting stalking game you play on this forum is just so tired. I've never met you or Cecilia, but I've heard things about both of you. You are both human beings, yet you assume the worst of her, and slander her constantly. It's abusive, and just plain wrong. What's wrong with you? Don't you have a job?

But I guess it makes sense in light of all the allegations going around about you and your stalking behavior and other legal run ins concerning children and people who disagree with you.

Get some help, please. And WaPo, do what so many other websites and email lists have done, and BAN HIM FOR LIFE already.

Posted by: AmyBandini | April 8, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes: I forgot to mention another problem with Ms. Kang and her blog. The moment one posts a comment that's critical of either, either she or a confederate (It's hard to tell which, because it's done under a pseudonym) posts a libelous message below it claiming that the first poster is a violent child molester -- or worse.

Absolutely outrageous behavior anywhere else, but (alas) typical of the nastiness that seems to be routine for Washington lobbyists.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | April 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

see Brett, you just don't get it. I come here to provide some counterweight to your trolling, and you leap to the accusation that I am Ceceilia. You are mad at me for my alleged "libelous" comments, but you don't get the irony in that said comments are always made in response to your fantasies and accusations that everyone is either a lobbyist for Google or a lobbyist period.

Did it ever occur to you that I am a retired Grandmother who used to work in this industry? Or that Amy Bandini is in fact my real name? You yourself posted as "squirma" here for a while before you were outed as Brett Glass.

Seriously, I'd feel no need to come here and tell the world about the alleged allegations about you if you yourself would just keep it civil. But instead, you sit around all day (a work-free lifestyle provided to you thanks entirely to the FCC's regulating of your special access rates and their gift of free spectrum) trolling on this and other blogs. Your comments are substance free, paranoid, and often consist of dehumanizing behavior of people you've never met.

It's sick. You dehumanize good people, yet get defensive when it's done to you. Shame on you son.

Posted by: AmyBandini | April 9, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Again, nonsense from Ms. Kang or a confederate. I've never hidden my identity. And it's every citizen's right and duty to watch and critique the actions of both our elected leaders and the press. The slanders of "Amy Bandini" (and I sincerely doubt that this is the commenter's actual name) should not and will not deter me from pointing out bias, conflicts of interest, or breaches of journalistic ethics.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | April 9, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Brett, give it up. You dehumanize people, lie about their affiliations and motivations, and hide behind "freedom" when called out on your abhorrent behavior. You refuse to engage civilly, and it is clear your mental illness is why.

Folks, if you've been reading Brett's rantings here, you are slowly learning why the allegations about him allegedly stalking a reporter and other alleged allegations about shady activities with children are likely allegedly true. His mental illness is on display for everyone. Hopeful the judge in his alleged case is reading.

Posted by: AmyBandini | April 12, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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