FCC Chair Sends Message to Moderate Dems

Coming from the South as he does, Harold Ford jr. has, on occasion, been guilty of exhibiting a few blue dog tendencies and running with the moderate Democrats on a cold winter’s night. This week the Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council penned a note to the Obama administration. In it, he suggested that now might be the time to see things from both sides and explore a couple of Republican friendly options.

As America’s head coach, President Obama needs to make some big and smart adjustments to jump-start economic growth and business investment, stimulate job creation, and get wages up for ordinary Americans. The most important thing our leader can do is to push the reset button with business and not raise taxes on companies in a time of economic hardship…

Second, the President should order his department heads and agency chiefs to declare a moratorium on new regulations until further notice. Whether true or not, business already believes that the Obama administration practices “If you can’t legislate, regulate.” The business community needs to be able to look over the hill to make investments that affect the workforce, shareholders, and profitability for the next 10 years, not the next 10 months.

At least one member of Team Obama, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, got the message loud and clear. But he apparently didn’t care much for it.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is putting together a net neutrality proposal and plans to take action on the controversial issue as early as next month, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation.

The long-running net neutrality debate centers around rules that would require Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. Internet companies like Google and Skype want net neutrality rules applied to both wireline and wireless networks, but network operators including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast say they need flexibility to manage web traffic on their lines.

Those expecting the battle lines to be drawn back a tad after the infamous Shellacking of ‘Ought Ten my need to reset their estimates. It seems we may be charging forward with Net Neutrality regulations from the feds during the lame duck session. Don’t expect this to win a lot of friends for President Obama among members of the incoming class who have claimed a willingness to work with the president in areas where compromise can be reached.

Stay tuned. Well… assuming you’re tuning in on a bandwidth that doesn’t get choked off by the evil, money grubbing corporate monopolies.