The Federal Communications Commission should head up to Capitol Hill, gather round a table with industry and advocacy groups, and cobble together a new set of rules for broadband, according to an editiorial in TheWashington Post today:
It seems that people who are accustomed to making a healthy profit from the aggressive business strategy of bio-agricultural giant Monsanto are growing nervous about the soundness of the company's long-term vision. Now we're seeing their executive vice president for seeds and seed traits say things like, "We have some room to improve in the things we're going to do," in an attempt to placate a roomful of investors in New York late last week.
If reports are to be believed, the Federal Communications Commission is on the very cusp of making a big bold move on broadband. FCC Chair Julius Genachowski is expected to announce that the commission is declaring its authority over broadband Internet service. In regulation-speak, from here on out broadband will be treated as a Title II service, as it had been until 2002. That gives the FCC the power to regulate broadband as a common carrier service, as part of the backbone of the modern telecommunications infrastructure.
Advocates for net neutrality are, to use a technical term, freaking out today, and it's justified, if this report in today's Washington Post is to be believed. The gist is that FCC chair Julius Genachowski is on the cusp of announcing that he won't seek to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service, as advocates have been pushing him to do. What that means is we're left with an FCC almost completely unable to regulate the modern communications landscape.