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For Net Neutrality, Political Theater


The FCC is moving on net neutrality. And past internal dissension at the agency, Congressional forces are lining up to mostly kick up dust and whine as the Commission readies to vote on stringent rules in under two weeks.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler initially intended to ground new net neutrality rules on Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act. Later, he changed his mind, deciding that Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 was more appropriate. And in between the two, the President weighed in, advocating for use of Title II.

Insert controversy. The President, in his statement, made the following note: “The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone.” Correct. Still, the FCC bridled a bit in the face of the President’s very public comments:

As an independent regulatory agency we will incorporate the President’s submission into the record of the Open Internet proceeding…

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