Why There Is A Political Right Vs Left War Over Broadband Title II Reclassification

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Those who beat a drum for deregulation while on the take from legacy big business don’t care about the issue of broadband monopolies. They have made this a buzzword 24 second news clip Right vs Left debate. Further showing the republican party dragging the worst performing and actually laziest congress in the history of the United States into a further international laughing-stock. So it is actually amazing that even with this fervor of Republican grand old party politics game playing it is now becoming politically feasible for the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II status. Big business bought politicians, short of forcing government shutdowns, can’t do anything to stop it. Granted that is if the FCC does do anything though.

But no matter what the FCC does elected Republicans will hate them because that is what they are paid to do. Any regulation or regulatory power to protect or help citizens triggers a for the camera only knee jerk anti government rhetoric ad nauseam. Example of this is in the recent anti FCC amendment, put up by Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who’s largest percentage of political campaign funds came directly from the telecommunications industry. Tacking things to the federal finance bill that could cripple the government and shut it down if not passed is a tactic now common place by the Republican corporate backed “hostage takers” in the legislative branch. Blackburn is so proud of her work her she posts it on her very own youtube channel.

This amendment has no reason being added to a finance bill but was passed in the Republican controlled house to stop the FCC from doing their job.  The job of the FCC in this case was putting an end  corporate bill mill  written state level legislation by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that blocks towns, cities, or communities wanting to create public access to broadband even if they get no service from broadband providers.

Example of this state level corporate controlled legislative attack is Georgia’s HB 282. In Georgia’s House of Representatives they voted in a bill that banned local governments from creating broadband Internet networks even when most residents have no option for private broadband service. HB 282 got its start as a ban “model” bill  written by ALEC.  ALEC’s members just happen to include telecom industry giants like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and a few other entrenched legacy regional providers.

Now Democrats, like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have told activists that they would support the FCC in a political fight with Republicans if the FCC chooses to support Broadband Title II reclassification. Reclassifying broadband the same classification as water, sewer, or roadways is the only way to fix broadband in the United States now.

But this leaves it up to the once former lobbyist for the cable industry, now FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in a pickle. Does he go through with his earlier plan for fast lanes or does he do what actually the majority of United States citizens want done? Will we see broadband in the United States be treated like it should, as the important infrastructure that can very well make or break or flourish or cripple a community / city / or state without affordable reliable access to it?

Currently some 19 states have rules on the books to block municipal broadband or to make it difficult to set up.

Below is from their site:

Different State laws that limit or put at a disadvantage municipal broadband.
State Relevant Laws
Alabama Alabama Code § 11-50B-1 et seq.
Arkansas Ark. Code § 23-17-409
Colorado Colorado Revised Statutes Annotated 29-27-103
Florida Florida Statutes § 350.81
Louisiana Louisiana Revised Statutes Annotated § 45:884.41 et seq.
Michigan Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated § 484.2252
Minnesota Minnesota Statutes Annotated § 237.19
Missouri Missouri Revised Statutes § 392.410 
Nebraska Nebraska Revised Statute 86-575
Nebraska Nebraska Revised Statute 86-594
Nevada Nevada Statutes § 268.086
Nevada Nevada Statutes § 710.147
North Carolina NC Statutes Chapter 160A, Article 16A
Pennsylvania 66 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 3014(h)
South Carolina S.C. Code Ann. § 58-9-2600 et seq.
Tennessee Tennessee Code Annotated § 7-52-601 et seq
Texas Texas Utilities Code, § 54.201
Utah Utah Code Annotated § 10-18-201
Virginia VA Code § 15.2-2108.6
Virginia VA Code § 56-265.4:456-484.7:1
Virginia VA Code § 56-484.7:1
Washington Washington Revised Code Annotated § 54.16.330
Wisconsin Wisconsin Statute Annotated § 66.0422

For more info on that visit Broadbandnow.com

Originally from the Maryland beltway area. Patrick lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years. Now he is based in the Portland area. In the past Patrick has been an IT engineer, technology consultant, software trainer, technology journalist, blogger, and podcaster. Currently he is returning to school for a degree in Computer Science & Engineering.

Patrick Roanhouse – who has written posts on Plan8.