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The Podium

Tuesday, May 18

“Congress Should Step In”

By Bruce Mehlman

From a May 16 Detroit News editorial reacting to the FCC’s proposed regulations of the Internet:

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told a group of cable operators in Los Angeles last week that if his colleagues adopt his regulatory proposals, the FCC will have a policy of “forbearance” on heavy-handed regulation of the net. But why should they believe him? After all, he proposed his plan just days after a federal court told him his agency didn’t have the authority to do what he now plans to do.

In the end, this is a much bigger issue. If the FCC can regulate the distribution of bandwidth, it can ultimately claim the right to regulate content and decide who has access to the Web and who doesn’t.

Congress should step in and put the FCC back in its place.

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