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The FCC Is Trying to Kill the Future of Education

By Caryn Sever We are witnessing the death of the information age. There is a continued assault on education from this administration and its cronies. Efforts...

Warner, Kaine Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Delay Vote Rolling Back...

From Senators Kaine and Warner: WARNER, KAINE URGE FCC CHAIRMAN PAI TO DELAY VOTE ROLLING BACK NET NEUTRALITY ~ Letter follows reports that “bots” may have filed hundreds of...

Virginia 1st CD Democratic Candidate Tom Hicks: Net Neutrality and Internet...

by Tom Hicks, a resident of Montpelier, VA and a Democratic Candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. His website is: Net Neutrality and...

Kookinelli’s Latest Crusade: Net Neutrality

As if Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wasn't enough of an embarrassment to the Commonwealth -- suing the federal government to defend Virginians' right not to have health care,  suing the government to defend our right to destroy the planet, denying the science of climate change, talking to his toy elephant (appropriately named "Ron"), speaking at a conference o' crazies, claiming that gay sex is "a detriment to our culture", defending anti-"sodomy" laws, flirting with "birtherism", claiming that the government is tracking his kids via Social Security numbers, instructing ministers how to evade the constitutional separation of church and state, or fighting for "states rights" -- now he's launched a new crusade, this time against net neutrality.

That's right, according to Ken Kookinelli, net neutrality - "a principle which advocates no restrictions by Internet service providers or governments on consumers' access to networks that participate in the internet" - is actually the "most egregious of all violations of federal law." Yes, and up is down, black is white, war is peace, etc. Completely bonkers, yes, but since when has that ever stopped "the Cucc?"

Here at Blue Virginia, Del. Adam Ebbin's weighed in, pointing out that, in reality, new net neutrality "guidelines would increase competition, prevent censorship and protect consumers." As for Ken Kookinelli? I couldn't agree more with Adam Ebbin on this one:

"[Cuccinelli's] extremist campaigns against clean air, against a woman's right to choose, against union workers and against net neutrality are not what the people of Virginia want or need from their Attorney General," Ebbin said. "Ken Cuccinelli doesn't understand that today's emerging businesses depend on an open and free Internet to allow them to innovate and grow. He's willing to risk our economic future to advance his partisan agenda."
Ken Cuccinelli, the crazy, ignorant, intolerant face of the Virginia Republican Party. Any further questions? No? Good, then vote Democratic this November and let's make sure we don't lose the last check on this lunatic we've got -- the State Senate!

“Net Neutrality” On The Ropes

UPDATE: Amy Schatz on 5 May in The Wall Street Journal says
"Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to reregulate Internet lines to protect net neutrality, siding with consumer groups and Internet companies worried that Internet providers have too much power."

According to what I made of an article by Cecilia Kang in the 3 May Washington Post, we are probably on the verge of losing "net neutrality." (i.e., uncensored use of the Internet, everybody pays the same).  She reports that Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, according to sources, has indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated. This is no doubt because of the April decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which said the FCC "exceeded its authority" when it sanctioned Comcast, and to which the Chairman is about to respond.  The ruling brought into question the Commission's ability even to force Internet service providers to treat all services on the Web equally. It looks as though Genachowski will announce that "reclassifying" broadband to allow for more regulation would be "overly burdensome on carriers and would deter investment," and would undoubtedly lead to extended lawsuits every time he attempted to institute a broadband policy. Art Brodsky, spokesman for Public Knowlege, a media public interest group, said:

The telephone and cable companies will object to any path the chairman takes. He might as well take the one that best protects consumers and is most legally sound.