DeMint Introduces Bill Limiting FCC Regulatory Authority
Would require Commission to prove consumers' lack of choice doing "substantial harm"
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/21/2010 3:18:35 PM
That bill is primarily a shot across the bow given that, at least so far, its backers are all in the minority.
He was joined by co-sponsors (all Republicans) Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Ensign (Nev.), John Thune (S.D.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornwyn (Texas) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.) in introducing the bill Wednesday, confirming a report in B&C July 20.
The bill would require that the FCC prove consumers have a lack of choice that is doing them substantial harm before it can impose any new regs as well as weigh the consumers' costs vs. benefits.
"President Obama's handpicked FCC chairman is attempting to impose unnecessary, antiquated regulations on the Internet in spite of court rulings limiting the FCC's authority, against bipartisan congressional concern over damaging economic consequences, and without any evidence of market failure," said DeMint, referring to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to reclassify broadband access under some Title II common carrier regs to clarify its broadband authority in the wake of the BitTorrent court ruling.
The bill would also impose a marketplace test for all FCC regulations and effectively limit its power by providing timelines for FCC regulatory decisions and sun-setting any regs after five years, "unless the FCC chooses to renew them under the market-based standard."
"Since the FCC has a hard time listening to the American people, we're stepping forward with commonsense legislation to keep these unelected bureaucrats' hands off the Internet," said Hatch. "This bill is simple - the FCC would have to demonstrate that consumers won't be harmed if these dangerous and costly â€˜net-neutrality' regulations are put into place."
Jim DeMint is one of the few members of congress dedicated to restoring our constitutional republic and control the utterly out of control federal government. Our governments, both federal, state and local have for the last 100+ years, under both Republican and Democrat "leadership", been infringing on our individual rights and liberty. If we do not stop this unconstitutional expansion of government now ... if we do not restore the meaning of our constitution, we will lose our country and will have much to answer for to our children, grand children and future generations.
How will you answer when asked, "what did you do to save my liberty, to save my freedom, to save only that which God can grant every person?"
John A. Thomas - 7/22/2010 11:13:37 AM EDT
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