Who Needs the FCC?
The FCC’s ad hoc enforcement of legacy regulations has done untold damage to consumer interests for decades, and the agency’s new claim of authority to regulate broadband much like the old Bell telephone monopoly is the culmination of its missteps. We need to rethink the necessity of both the agency’s economic and noneconomic responsibilities. As progressive legal scholar Lawrence Lessig has said, the problems with the FCC are in its DNA, a sentiment shared by many conservative FCC critics. In this era of growing competition, technological change, and content abundance, Congress needs to pave a path toward not only limiting the agency’s power over the internet but eliminating most FCC authority outright.