Internet Reclassification: President Obama Tosses Another Grenade After Second Election Shellacking
President Barack Obama this morning released a statement calling for his administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- allegedly an independent agency -- to execute a unilateral, complete rewrite of existing law.
He wants reclassification of how the Internet is regulated -- so as to then impose network neutrality. Twice before the FCC has tried to impose net neutrality -- twice it was unanimously rejected as overreaching by courts.
The law -- the 1996 Telecommunications Act -- classifies the Internet as lightly-regulated Title I, and does not authorize the FCC to impose net neutrality.
The president wants his FCC -- all by itself -- to shove it under uber-heavily-regulated Title II, which applies 1934 Telecom Act land line phone law and regulations to the future-forward World Wide Web.
This is the second end-run around Congress the president has threatened in the six days since he and his Democrat Party were thoroughly rejected in the midterm elections. He also said he plans to go ahead with unilateral illegal alien amnesty.