Tech at Night: FCC vs the Republicans

On January 8, 2011, in General, by Neil Stevens
Tech at Night

Ah, 1am. I spent a few hours this evening working on some math, and now suddenly it’s the middle of the night. So as I say all too often in this space, I’m going to make it quick.

While Fred Upton and his committee arrangements are so important to our coming fights against the EPA, the FCC, and of course the coming Obamacare apparatus, it’s also true that other Republicans can and will play roles in this fight.

Marsha Blackburn is one of them. She’s introduced the Internet Freedom Act, written to take back from the FCC the powers it’s unilaterally decreed itself to have over the Internet.

Blackburn also says that more immediate action is possible and even useful, through the Congressional Review Act. Of course, any of these steps will require Senate support, but I don’t think that’s out of the question when even Henry Waxman was capable of discussing legislative action against the FCC.

By the way, George Will takes a look at Fred Upton himself and the role he’ll have to play in our fights against Carbon Dioxide regulation, Net Neutrality, and Obamacare.

Thank you and good night.

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