FCC Chairman To Congress: Stay Away
Please, don't pass any laws that require me to actually regulate anything, especially the Internet. That's the message FCC Chairman's Kevin Martin appears to be delivering to Congress this week.
It seems Martin has forgotten that the FCC originally was established as a regulatory agency. In remarks before Congress, Martin says the FCC has all the authority it needs to regulate the Internet so Congress shouldn't mandate any. It's easy to see why Martin thinks this way. If Congress rewrote the rules to insure, say, Net neutrality, then Martin would be forced to actually regulate something, possibly big corporations. And what a travesty that would be! Things are going along so swimmingly for Big Media and the large telecoms and service providers at the (non-regulatory) FCC! Why muddle the equation with rules that might actually protect the public interest in guaranteeing a free and unfettered Internet?
Now the fair-minded Martin does concede that cable giant Comcast went went a bit overboard in imposing restrictions on P2P file.sharing. Just a little misundertanding among friends, you see. Best to handle it in-house. No reason to get the lawmakers involved. Congress, why must you pass new regulations when our federal agency directors already have enough to do trying to ignore the existing mandates for their agencies?