Net Neutrality goes to court, FCC still runs amok, Sprint admits there’s competition

Neil Stevens

Net Neutrality goes to court. Great news, too: Verizon’s preferred venue won the lottery, and the Net Neutrality fight will happen in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. This is, of course, the same circuit that slapped down Net Neutrality last time in Comcast v FCC.

Oh, but here’s a big surprise. Despite the FCC claiming previously that “We look forward to defending our open Internet framework in court,” they’re actually doing everything they can not to have to defend it in court by attempting to get Verizon’s appeal dismissed. So much for that day in court…

…Meanwhile, the next big thing at the FCC is so-called Universal Service Fund reform. Obama FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made a big speech about it, making it clear USF reform would be what I said all along it would be: taxing you to pay for other people’s Internet connections. And to justify it, he’s fudging the numbers. Per Tech Liberation Front, he’s contradicting the FCC’s own National Broadband Plan’s figures to claim 18 million Americans lack access to ‘broadband’ Internet. The FCC will also pick technologies, and decide on winners and losers, when handing out these subsidies. Apparently the new name for this program will be the Connect America Fund. I expect industry support will be easy to get for this program, for three reasons…

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