Shocker: FCC Says Closed Door Meetings Failed In Creating Transparency

from the ya-think? dept

With a rush of negative publicity around the secretive closed door meetings with only industry lobbyists, the FCC has now come out and said that it is ending those meetings because they have "not generated a robust framework to preserve the openness and freedom of the Internet."

Ya think? A bunch of secret meetings have not worked to preserve openness? Shocking.

In the meantime, someone forwarded me a report from a DC think tank complaining that my last post on this subject represented a "new low" for Techdirt, because everyone knows the FCC has really been taken over by "leftist" consumer advocates. I find it ridiculous when anyone take an issue and pins "left wing" or "right wing" to the sides when the real issue is about neither. That's a weak attempt at dismissing important arguments by focusing on the politicization of it, rather than the substance. But, part of that complaint was that having the companies involved work out a deal is much better than having "a small handful of elite, 'consumer advocates,' impervious to reason, debate or the sunlight of opposing viewpoints" make the decisions.

Beyond the rather stunningly ridiculous assertion that there is such a thing as a cabal of "elite consumer advocates," the whole premise assumes (incorrectly) that there really are only two options. How about rather than a small handful of elites on any side of the spectrum figuring this out in backrooms, the discussion was brought out into the open, where everyone could take part? Is that such a ridiculous thing to ask for? Openness and transparency does not live on any particular segment of the political spectrum.
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    Hephaestus (profile), 6 Aug 2010 @ 12:03pm

    "In the meantime, someone forwarded me a report from a DC think tank complaining that my last post on this subject represented a "new low" for Techdirt, because everyone knows the FCC has really been taken over by "leftist" consumer advocates."

    Show me the money or the report or don't include it in your blog. How often have you gone after reporters, newspapers, and others for unsubstantiated statements.

    "I find it ridiculous when anyone take an issue and pins "left wing" or "right wing" to the sides when the real issue is about neither."

    Agreed, its about corporations writing our laws. Pushing only for corporate interests and profits. Not looking at the consumer, and constitutional aspects.

    The combination of the pendulum having been pushed so far to the corporate side, the lack of any input from the population, ease of communication, and the fact that people are being inadvertantly trained by using the internet to want to have a say. Is a train wreck waiting to happen for the US government and corporations. If you look at South Korea, Sweden, Canada, etc it gives a glimpse of what is beginning to occur in the US. People taking more of an interest in politics because they have access to information before the laws are passed. People wanting to take part in the debate and getting angry and frustrated when they can not. This is yet another disruptive curve that is going to expand as news becomes more personalized, and more people become comfortable with the new communications media that is the internet.

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