The Net Neutrality Coup

Wall St. Journal:  “The Federal Communications Commission’s new ‘net neutrality’ rules, passed on a partisan 3-2 vote . . . represent a huge win for a slick lobbying campaign run by liberal activist groups and foundations. The losers are likely to be consumers who will see innovation and investment chilled by regulations that treat the Internet like a public utility.  There’s little evidence the public is demanding these rules . . . . Over 300 House and Senate members have signed a letter opposing FCC Internet regulation, and there will undoubtedly be even less support in the next Congress.”

Congress Unwilling to Pass Law on Net Neutrality so Unelected FCC Chairman to Propose Plan & Do an End Around

Washington Post:  “The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to announce Wednesday a controversial proposal that would prohibit Internet providers from favoring or discriminating against any traffic that goes over their networks.”

See another story on this topic at the Wall St. Journal called  “FCC Sets Net-Neutrality Vote.”

For more on unelected bureaucrats making laws without the consent of the governed, read “Coming: Gov’t By Regulation Instead Of Law.”

Suing a School They Loved

New York Times reports on a lawsuit filed by parents of a student of the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York because the school suspended the student for three days when it learned that the boy had pictures on his laptop computer of two topless female students at the school.  The pictures of the topless Horace Mann girls were found by other students who searched the boy’s computer without his knowledge or consent.  Despite the girls giving their pictures to the suspended student voluntarily, the boy was punished and given a black mark on his school record that will affect his applications for colleges.

Defamation on Facebook: Why a New York Court Dismissed a Recent Suit

Findlaw:  “In this column, I’ll focus not on the CDA holding dismissing Facebook as a defendant, but instead on the subsequent decision dismissing the defamation claim against the teenagers who posted to the Facebook group, and thus ending the case.  I’ll argue that the judge did the right thing in dismissing the defamation claim, but I’ll also contend that future Facebook defamation cases are likely to be much more difficult to resolve than this one proved to be.”

See also part two of this column.

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