Network neutrality scandal

Documents uncovered by Judicial Watch show that the FCC coordinated its push for network neutrality with a left-wing pressure group:

Documents made public yesterday by Judicial Watch describe extensive collusion by Federal Communications Commission officials with a left-wing advocacy group in a campaign to expand government regulation of the Internet.

The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch in a December 2010 Freedom of Information Act request, were created after Democrat appointees solidified their 3-2 control of the agency in March 2009. . .

The coordination between FCC officials and Free Press, the advocacy group, supported a proposal for the agency to regulate access to the Internet as if it were a public utility, in the interest of ensuring “Net Neutrality.”

Who is Free Press?

Free Press was co-founded by Monthly Review editor Robert McChesney and the Nation contributor John Nichols. The Monthly Review is “an independent Marxist journal,” while the Nation has long described itself as “the flagship of the left.” Free Press is partially funded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

So it’s that bunch. This really leaves no doubt that the administration’s push for network neutrality is motivated by liberal politics.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents using a Freedom of Information Act request. It shouldn’t have been necessary; under the FCC’s rules they should have made the communications public of their own accord:

As an independent agency, the FCC is required to regulate impartially. Internal FCC rules require all employees to disclose all communication made by interested parties and “directed to the merits or outcome of a proceeding” unless they fit a narrow set of exceptions (e.g., the communication “directly relates to an emergency in which the safety of life is endangered or substantial loss of property is threatened”).

Clearly they felt it was worth hiding. And what do they say for themselves now?

An FCC spokesman failed to return multiple calls seeking comment.

(Via Instapundit.)

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