Michael Powell is a former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who is not in favor of the whole Net Neutrality takeover of the Internet. So he’s warning us about what I’m calling deem and pass, in which the FCC will respond to a lost lawsuit by deeming ISPs to be something different, and using that to justify passing rules to regulate the Internet like television.
You may remember Michael Powell because right out of the gate during the Bush administration he was an active regulator of content. Imagine a Democrat having that kind of power over the Internet.
Anyway, Powell’s reaction to deem and pass is that “I think that idea is an unadulterated disaster.” Strong words for what is a pretty dry, technical interview. Read the whole thing, please.