FCC Commissioners: FCC Lacks Authority to Regulate the Internet

February 7, 2011 07:54

Two of the five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that the Commission lacks the legal authority to regulate the Internet, predicting that the recent regulations issued by the commission in December will be struck down in federal court.

By Matt Cover at CNSNews.com


In December 2010, the FCC voted 3-2 to pass new regulations on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that prohibited them from discriminating against different websites and other internet content providers. The two Republican-appointed members of the commission dissented, arguing that the FCC lacked the legal authority to regulate the Internet.

“No, I don’t think we have authority to regulate the Internet,” Commissioner Meredith Attwell-Baker said at a Washington telecom conference Friday. “I think that that’s a question for Congress.

“I think the courts will turn around our current net neutrality order, and I look forward to continuing the discussion with Congress as to what they want the FCC to do regarding regulation of the Internet.”


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