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It's on baby ! DeMint vows to reverse FCC's 'Internet takeover'

On Tuesday Dec. 21st the FCC chaired by Julius Genachowski voted 3-2 to regulate the internet in what is called net neutrality.

The purpose of net neutrality is to impose restrictions on companies like Comcast or Verizon to decide just who can and can’t use the internet infrastructure that they have built.  It’s many critics say it is a solution to a problem that didn’t exist.

For someone who has such an extensive legal background this Julius Genachowski fellow don’t seem so bright.

First  a U.S. Court of Appeals told him he could not do it.  Then dozen and dozens members of Congress told him he could not do it quite plainly.

On Wednesday, a group of 29 Republican Senators sent their own letter to Chairman Genachowski, warning him that if the FCC proceeds to vote for the provisions, they will actively work to repeal them in the next Congress. The letter’s signers, including Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Jon Kyl of Arizona, and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, also questioned the agency’s authority.

“You and the Commission’s general counsel have admitted in published statements that the legal justification for imposing these new regulations is questionable and ‘has a serious risk of failure in court,’” the letter said.

So what does he do….?

He goes ahead and does it anyways.    Well now it seems it might be getting undid.

Seriously …..what was he thinking…?

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, says Federal Communications Commission should be renamed the “Fabricating a Crisis Commission,” following a vote by the panel’s three Democrats to approve proposed rules that amount to a hostile takeover of the Internet by a government agency acting illegally.
Ouch.  Could it be any clearer ?

A federal court has ruled that the commission has no authority to regulate the Internet, and a bipartisan group of senators and representives warned Genechowski not to attempt to impose a regulatory regime on the Internet earlier this year.

The move’s legality was even questioned by FCC Commissioner Michael Copp, one of the Democrats who voted today with Genachowski, saying he considered voting against the proposal because it lacks a sufficiently defensible legal basis to survive a court challenge promised by major Internet Service Providers like Verizon, Microsoft, and AT & T.

But legal challenges by industry are likely to be much less of a problem for the Genachowski-led takeover than efforts in Congress to stop the FCC in its tracks.

So why did he do it…?   He has been told time and time again quite bluntly in fact that if he did it would be undone and yet still does it anyways.
Did he think everyone was joking…?
Was the U.S. Court of Appeals playing a prank on him ?
Was the letter from Congress lost in the mail ?
How many times does he have to be told….?
Look at it this way.  You go to the mall to buy me a nice bottle of bourbon.   Makers Mark is fine. Don’t spend too much.  The lot is crowded so you decide to pull right up to the front entrance and park in the fire lane right under the Do Not Park sign.  As you get out of the car a securty guard comes up to you and says ” Excuse me sir you cannot park there”
You respond. “Hey rent-a- cop… go get a real job flatfoot”.
He responds ” Sir, I am telling you very certainly that if you park there your car will be towed.”
Your response. ” Gas it up and have it waxed there too  Skippy. I’ll be back for it in an hour”.
The guard shakes his head and says “Ok sir. I warned you” and is reaching for his walkie talkie as you walk through the door.
An hour later you come out and your car is gone.
(Gomer Pyle) Surprise surprise surprise.
Who would do that…?
No one.
So why does this Genachowski guy go ahead and try to takeover the internet when everybody told him not to do it ?
Now not only is he going to get snapped back very hard and very publicly he will come off looking like a jackass.  He will embarrass the President too as Jim Demint will try and flex his new found muscle along with the House which has made their position on this perfectly clear.
This is going to be funny.