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Tech at Night: SOPA and PROTECT IP in yet more trouble. We need to constrain the FCC.

Tech at Night

Some bills become unstoppable in the Congress. They pile up cosponsors, get leadership support, and cruise on through to easy passage. Not SOPA, or its original Senate version, PROTECT IP. They’re in trouble. While the left is fighting these bills with blackouts and protesting, our message is simpler: If you back SOPA or PROTECT IP, we will primary you. That matters.

One guy who has clearly heard us, and is responding to our complaints by urging a slowdown on PROTECT IP, is Orrin Hatch. He’s a potential primary target and he knows it, so he’s listening. It’s refreshing, and certainly puts Hatch over many in Congress on this issue.

Yeah, Free Press and the radicals are hypocrites on this, but SOPA really is a bad bill. Lamar Smith is even talking about removing some of the worst provisions, that’s how bad it is. Patrick Leahy is also talking about bending on PROTECT IP. We’re making progress. Keep it up.

Industry is paying attention, the threat of a vote looms. Erick Erickson made it clear he’d even oppose Marsha Blackburn if she helped pass SOPA. This is serious and we need to be loud and committed to action.

Look. It’s simply bad customer service for Google to sabotage its own new search service by deliberately omitting popular services like Twitter. But it’s an even worse idea to bring government into it. We need to leave government out of it. These big government losers need to suck it up, quit whining, and just stop using Google if they don’t like Google. Grow up people. Get a life already.

Likewise, if you don’t like NFL blackout policy, quit watching. I don’t like bringing government into it, either. But the FCC under Barack Obama thinks it rules the world.

So it’s irksome that they’re now crowing about their shameful behavior regarding AT&T. They claim it was a win of the rules for competition, but there were no rule of law there. There was no objective decision being made according to facts and evidence. This was government picking winners and losers according to the whims of commissioners.

why do you think they’re getting hysterical about House Republicans wanting to constrain FCC action regarding spectrum allocation? They want FCC to rule according to their whims, and now Constitutionally-passed law. Congressional oversight and control over legislation annoys them. Thinking about why that would be suggests why it’s a good idea to begin with to pass laws constraining the FCC’s actions.

Chuck Grassley is turning into a real beast on regulatory oversight. Good on him.

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