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Pai’s FCC orders cities and towns to stop regulating cable broadband (arstechnica.com)
37 points by MBCook 76 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 9 comments



> The FCC action was spurred partly by an Oregon state Supreme Court decision that upheld a 7% "telecommunications" license fee the city of Eugene imposed on Comcast. The FCC's Republican majority says the court got the law wrong.

So Congress passed a law. A state Supreme Court interpreted the law. And then a Federal Regulator, tasked with devising rules to implement the law, decided that the court got it wrong and just writes a new rule? That's not really how it's supposed to work. If the Oregon state Supreme Court actually "got it wrong" then SCOTUS or Congress can correct it, not the FCC.


That is how it’s supposed to work. Congress can delegate regulation writing powers to federal agencies. The state Supreme Court can interpret the rules one way, and then the FCC may change the rules. If Congress has let them.

Now maybe Congress shouldn’t be allowed to delegate it’s powers, but that ship has long past sailed.


Wasn't his ideals originally based around the federal government deregulating, and letting states decide how to handle internet?


No, his plan was allow the cable companies to do what ever they felt like doing


Ah that's unfortunate.


Sounds like liberalism.


Maybe so, but please don't post unsubstantive comments here, and definitely please don't do ideological battle here.

https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html


It's not an ideology. Liberalism means one set of rules that applies to everyone. It's the definition of the word.


It's not an ideology. Liberalism means one set of rules that applies to everyone.




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