FCC Will Figure Out What To Do About the Internet Later

With the FCC’s September meeting just a few weeks away—it’s scheduled for September 23rd—the agency has been under enormous pressure to make a call on how it will pursue its Net neutrality agenda. On the left, the loudest members of the activist class have urged the FCC to embark on a program of wholesale regulatory reclassification, shifting broadband Internet from a Title I information service to Title II telecommunications service. The problem, though, is that just about everyone else, including Democrats in Congress and some factions within the White House, has been pushing the agency to hold its regulatory horses.

But even given the widespread pushback, it’s tough to let down the activist base in an election year. So what’s FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski doing? Attempting to split the difference. Rather than rile up the base or pursue a path toward a potential “Regulatory World War III,” he’s clearing his throat and announcing his intention to punt until after the election. In a statement this afternoon, Genachowski announced that he would delay definitive action on two of the most controversial aspects of Net policy, managed services (essentially, web traffic prioritization), and the even bigger question of whether or not to extend neutrality rules to wireless services. But Genachowski isn’t simply delaying. He’s also “seeking further public comment,” which makes it tougher to oppose the move. Who wants to be against a robust discussion of the issues?

Read Genachowski’s complete statement here. Lots more on the FCC and the fight over Internet regulation here, here, and here.

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  • FCC||

    We'll figure out how to regulate all internet commerce first, however, as it is clearly within the scope of our nigh-godlike powers.

  • Max||

    Long as you leave all left-wing internet access alone!

  • FCC||

    Your left wing internets woefully under represent non-left wing views. You must supply equal space for dissenting views.

  • shrike||

    Fuck that!

  • MediaMatters||

    We should be exempt from any ideological-content laws.

  • ||

    "Implant. Wet-wired. I had to dump a chunk of long-term memory."

  • fish||

    "What did you lose"?

    Episarchs childhood.

    Bullshit...he never was a child!

  • ||

    Maybe I didn't lose anything I wanted to keep. I needed the space for the job*.

    * pop culture references

  • ||

    Quoting Johnny Mnemonic? Wow. I don't know which way to go on that.

  • AlmightyJB||

    to sleep?

  • T||

    Just watched that movie again lately, since the wife had never seen it. Gibson is one of the authors that should be tailor made for movies, but will probably never be adapted worth a shit.

  • ||

    Him, Alistair Reynolds, Richard Morgan. Especially Morgan.

    But then again, I think Michael Moorcock's work could be done amazingly nowadays with our CGI capabilities.

  • ||

    You could make a fantastic movie from Altered Carbon.

    "When they ask how I died, tell them: still angry."

  • ||

    He's already sold the rights; which I suspected after reading it because it's so cinematic in tone. Don't know who has it.

  • T||

    I would go see an adaptation of Elric, Hawkmoon, or Corum. I would bitch incessantly that they screwed it up, but I would go.

  • ||

    I would definitely go, just to see the attempt.

  • ||

    Considering that the last I heard of the filming of Neuromancer is that Hayden "The Worst Actor of His Generation" Christensen was going to play Case, I think you are correct.

  • ||

    But his Anakin Skywalker was so deep and brooding!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • ||

    You know, I thought Darth Vader was one of the best bad guys ever when I saw the first film. Since the prequels, my respect for him as a really bad dude has sharply declined. Shit, I still don't quite understand why he turned to the Dark Side and killed some kids in the first place.

  • ||

    The best bad guy ever is Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant, or possibly Peter Cushing in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! Dude, he rapes a woman in that. Peter Cushing. Raping.

  • ||

    Wow, really? I can't even imagine that.

  • Grand Moff Tarkin||

    Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Had to do with the environment

  • ||

    Really? Though I liked him in Shattered Glass. Maybe he should just avoid science fiction.

  • ||

    Maybe he can really only play frauds.

  • ||

    I disliked his character intensely in that film, as I was supposed to. I disliked his character in the prequels, but I wasn't supposed to. Not until his totally unbelievable and over-the-top fall.

  • ||

    LOL, the FTC is about as useless as the TSA

    Lou
    www.be-anonymous.at.tc

  • ||

    FCC is the topic of discussion here. Really, we expect more of our bots.

  • AlmightyJB||

    His point is still valid though

  • ||

    threadjacked by a bot?

  • ¢||

    Gibson is one of the authors that should be tailor made for movies, but will probably never be adapted worth a shit.

    Because it can't be done. Everything you don't bother picturing clearly while you read his stories is silly-looking. His genre is low-budget pastiche of cartoons. Keanu dressed as Mandré is as much arting up as the material can bear.

  • ||

    No, you just beat your costume and art people and keep them on a tight leash. Not everyone in the future is going to dress like rich French retards in 1985.

    Most people have been wearing your basic t-shirts and jeans for 60 years now, there no logical reason to think they are going to stop suddenly so they can look like acid-washed Power Rangers.

  • ||

    It all depends on the director. It's easy enough to keep the production designers in line if, you know, you have taste and know how you want your movie to look.

    I'd like to see David Fincher take a stab at one of these things.

  • ||

    Good idea. Nolan, too.

  • ||

    Actually, Nolan loves a mind fuck, so he'd be fantastic for Chasm City.

  • Peter Suderman||

    Also Michael Mann, who has never done science fiction but has a wonderfully chilly vision and a great way with brooding tough guy protagonists.

  • Corduroy||

    No love for David Cronenberg?

  • ||

    Everybody knows that everyone in the future will wear togas. Logan's Run was closest to the truth.

  • Corduroy||

    Logan's Run on laserdisc. Now that's a collectible. Jenny Agutter was also great in American Werewolf in London.

  • T||

    Ridley Scott made Blade Runner almost 30 years ago. If somebody can't make Neuromancer look that good now, then Hollywood deserves to die an agonizing death.

  • ||

    What's funny is that Scott shat all over the source material. But I'll give a pass for that sin when the resulting work is so good.

  • lunchstealer||

    Why do I suddenly WANT... ROOM! SERVICE!

  • Bill||

    Once the federal government has provided broadband connectivity to all of America, what defense will there be against tightening regulation?

  • EscapedWestOfTheBigMuddy||

    Um...storming the halls of power with torches and pitchforks?

    That's always good.

    But 'ya gotta more them up and down in the approved fashion.

  • Barack Obama||

    Bring it, bitches. I'm just waiting for you fucking right-wing malcontents to fall for one of My false-flag attacks, start some shit in retaliation... THEN, do I slam down My Fist on your unworthy noggins with martial law.

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