[opendtv] Re: B&C: Pai: Apple Promoting Online Censorship
- From: Craig Birkmaier <brewmastercraig@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:14:44 -0500
On Dec 6, 2017, at 5:29 PM, Manfredi, Albert E <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
Actually, this totally bizarre fixation our current Chairman has, on the
"evils" of users of the telecoms, as opposed to expending that effort DOING
ITS ASSIGNED JOB, makes me wonder about another one of the FCC's duties - one
that is seemingly being ignored: policing abuse of the telephone network.
Congress made damned sure it could legally establish a "do not call" list,
for the public to use. And the FCC is supposed to make sure it's honored, by
the vermin that have infested the telephone network.
Maybe when they no longer need to worry about policing the Internet, they can
pay some attention to this Bert. Problem is that the FCC is ill equipped to
deal with the problem. The technology is always three steps ahead of what a
Government agency can comprehend and police.
As a neutrality proponent, I am surprised you object to the use of the POTS
network for solicitations. After all the whole point of FCC regulation of the
telcos was to assure anyone found connect to anyone...
So you are asking the FCC to impose blocking on certain classes of telco
But it gets worse.
Who do you block?
Turns it that there are all kinds of exceptions to “do not call,” like the
political robo calls that are rampant before elections.
Not sure whether it's just time, or whether it is this FCC's neglect, but
unsolicited calls seem to have been on the increase lately. Not quite at
pre-do-not-call-list levels, maybe, but certainly back to a nuisance level.
Is this another example of the FCC deliberately shirking its
responsibilities, while deflecting the public's attention on subjects that
are none of its business? Or is this another example of the FCC deliberately
doing the bidding of only certain special interests, the public interest be
First you need to catch these folks and document that they are breaking the
law. They might get some help from the NSA, which probably records all of these
calls, but the FCC does not have the enforcement staff to end these abuses.
But we could have an Internet dust-up like the one taking place in India right
Here's a simple test for the FCC. When your efforts are being expended only
to benefit the very few, while quite knowingly dismissing the interests of
the vast majority, and certainly the FCC's position on Internet users is a
prime example, you should expect that people will think you're on the take. I
ask again: exactly how would a corrupt FCC behave any differently?]
You just defined the mission of the FCC for the past century Bert. “In the
public interest” has ALWAYS been code for “In the special interest.” But for
some reason you believe that deregulation is code for protecting the special
This is not a question of corruption Bert. It is the way the agency was deigned
to work, way back in 1934. It is the primary mission of the regulatory state.
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