By Seton Motley
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable reported:
The Federal Communications Commission-FCC is issuing a public notice to “improve the FCC’s understanding of business broadband needs,” calling it the “next step” advancing the FCC’s small business broadband agenda. Only one problem with this FCC assertion. They’re not supposed to have a small business broadband agenda. Or a broadband agenda. Or any sort of Internet agenda at all. The FCC only has authority over that which Congress writes laws giving it authority. And, as repeatedly pointed out, Congress has never given the FCC authority over the Internet.
299 members of Congress, from both Parties, more than 150 organizations, state legislators and bloggers, seventeen minority groups, and a unanimous Washington, D.C. Circuit Court – led by a Democrat-appointee, all have said the very same thing. Even Massachusetts Democrat Senator John Kerry was once upon a flip-flop saying it too.
So why is the FCC launching yet another public notice exploration into unauthorized territory?