"The issue of so-called 'net neutrality,' which we are addressing in our
Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding, is but one of the many areas in which
we're taking action toward this goal. At its core, this proceeding is really
about repealing rules that depress investment and innovation. What will our
plan do? When you cut through the legal terms and technical jargon, it's very
simple. The plan will bring back the same policy framework in the United States
that governed the Internet for most of its
existence-from 1996 until 2015. Let me repeat this point: the plan will bring
back the same framework in the United States that governed the Internet for
most of its existence."
What disingenuous nonsense. The framework was Title II telephone lines, and
then the funny business began in the broadband era. Also totally disingenuous,
sounding as clueless as the worst of them, to be talking about this vague "the
Internet." The most pressing issue now is access to it. Cable TV networks. And
no mention of how tone deaf the FCC is on this subject.
Imagine showing the visitors how an FCC on the take from the special interests
behaves. Not going through their minds? Hmmm.
"At last month's Commission meeting, the FCC allowed broadcasters the
opportunity to use a new technical standard known as ATSC 3.0, or Next
Generation TV. Broadcasters can choose to send 3.0 signals on a voluntary,
market-driven basis. Our broadcasters are excited about this standard. So are
we: this new standard marries the power of IP with the value of broadcasting,
which could deliver great value for consumers. Among other things, this could
allow state-of-the-art emergency alert features that
could help save lives in cases of natural disasters."
Well, let's say that IP has been playing a role in "broadcasting" for going on
12 years, and that the "emergency alert features," if anyone actually cared,
could have been implemented with ATSC 1.0, or even 2.0.
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