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FCC May Tweak Broadband Plan 52

adeelarshad82 writes "Despite a recent ruling that said the FCC did not have the right to interfere in Comcast's network management issues, the agency is pushing ahead with its national broadband plan, though there might be some tweaks. Since the case was won on the fact that the FCC based its decision on its Internet Policy Principles, a set of guidelines the agency developed internally several years ago regarding broadband Internet service and not actual rules that went through a formal, open rulemaking process, they are invalid, as is the enforcement action. FCC general counsel Austin Schlick acknowledged that the court's decision may affect a significant number of important plan recommendations. The commission is assessing the implications of the decision for each recommendation to ensure that it has adequate authority to execute the mission laid out in the plan."
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FCC May Tweak Broadband Plan

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  • by kramerd ( 1227006 ) on Saturday April 10, 2010 @11:01AM (#31799786)

    Yeah, its a shame that our federal government decided that keeping our national currency, which materially affects international currency, might be slightly more important than getting our national internet structure slightly faster yet in no way more useful than Russia.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 10, 2010 @11:04AM (#31799790)

    ... behind the Russian Federation (~10 Mbit/s)...
    Russia does not end beyond MKAD, you know? And I highly doubt that they have average 10mbps inside MKAD either. Maybe only in media, which is beholden by Putin by the balls.

  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Saturday April 10, 2010 @12:03PM (#31800042)

    We're actually 2nd right now, behind the Russian Federation (~10 Mbit/s) but ahead of the EU (~7 Mbit/s), Brazil, Australia, Canada, China (~2 Mbit/s), and other continent-sized federations.

    EU Politician: "Our Internet runs at ~7 Mbit/s

    Russian Politician: "Ha! Our Internet runs at ~10 Mbit/s!"

    EU Politician: "Nonsense! Nobody can watch pornography that fast!"

    US Politician: "Speed doesn't matter! The girth of your tubes is important!"

    So broadband Internet infrastructure is now the key to world domination?

    Things were simpler when countries only had to worry about Mine Shaft Gaps.

    "We have the best internet infrastructure in the world! It's just too bad that most of our citizens are so undereducated, that they can't figure out how to do anything useful with it."

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