The Fearness Doctrine - no, Obama, you don't rule a damn thing.
Republican appropriators slammed the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday for leaving Congress on the sidelines as it seeks to enforce net neutrality and more heavily regulate Internet providers.
Some of the GOP members on the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls the FCC’s purse strings stressed to Chairman Julius Genachowski that Congress should take to the field first to define the agency’s broadband powers after a federal court decision earlier this year called that authority into question.
An incensed Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) even warned federal dollars could be on the line if the agency uses its own rule-making process to rein in companies like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast.
The congressman said it would not be “within the jurisdiction of the committee” to fund an FCC that applies to Internet providers some of the rules that have long governed phone companies — a process known as “reclassification.”
“None of the funds appropriated … may be used by the FCC to regulate the Internet because it is not authorized by law,” Culberson said. [...]
Authorized by Law? You mean COngress cannot arbitrarily make laws contraryt to the USC?
The Snooper Report.
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