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The Only Legitimate FCC Hybrid Net Neutrality Approach

Any legitimacy the FCC has comes from the authority of law written by a duly-elected Congress under the U.S. Constitution. Twice the FCC has tried to mandate new net neutrality regulations on its own and twice the U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned the FCC rules as illegitimate because they were not grounded in statute. Rather than asking Congress for net neutrality authority in a new law, the FCC is in the process of trying to conjure up new “authority” again by itself, this time by creating...

FCC Votes to Increase E-rate Telecom Taxes

In mid-December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to hike fees on consumers’ wireless services, subsidizing the cost of Internet connectivity for public libraries and school. Created in 1996 as part of the Telecommunications Act, the E-rate program receives $2.25 billion annually in consumers’ money, through the Universal Service Fund, a line-item fee tacked upon to the bills of consumers’ wireless devices. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a 62 percent increase, increasing the size...

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