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February 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Open Internet: Regulatory bodies beholden to those they regulate

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

The Opinion pages on Sunday provided a great background on the raging battle over the future of access to information in the U.S.

Chuck Aaron’s piece [“The day we lost the Internet, Opinion, Feb. 1] outlined the current state of affairs and the dangers that lie ahead for affordable access to information for the public if the FCC rolls over on this.

Then we have Michael K. Powell’s explanation of how good we have it under the thumb of Comcast, Time Warner, et al. [“U.S. a leader for the ‘open Internet’, Northwest Voices, Feb. 2].

Ostensibly, the role of the various regulatory agencies — USDA, FDA, FCC, etc. — is to protect the interests of the commons, perhaps for the cause of a more perfect union.

However, more often than not, the regulatory bodies do the bidding of the entities they were tasked to regulate.

Powell’s bio and signature tells the true story of regulation such as it is in these United States.

He spent his time at the FCC ingratiating himself to his charges (on the public dole) and look where he is now?

His evolution is no surprise nor are his opinions.

As Aaron urges: we all need to let FCC know our thoughts.

Mark Ryan, Shoreline

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