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February 7, 2014


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti | In The News | Media Hit
  Communications Daily

The FCC and Chairman Tom Wheeler need to do nothing immediately in the wake of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit's Jan. 14 decision rejecting the agency's 2010 net neutrality rules, said Institute for Policy Innovation President Tom Giovanetti Thursday in a blog post.

"Putting innovation at risk should be reason enough to stay the FCC's hand, but there's a more basic reason why the FCC should forebear from setting network neutrality policy for the nation: The FCC was never charged with setting broad policy goals -- those come from Congress in the form of legislation, and there is no network neutrality directive from Congress," Giovanetti said (

"The FCC was designed to be an administrative and technical agency that manages public spectrum and distributes licenses. It was never intended to specialize in consumer protection."


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