July 23, 2015 — The TIA filed has an amicus curiae brief (friend of the court – really?) supporting those challenging the legality of the “FCC’s recent so-called Open Internet Order.” Hmmm… The “so called Open Internet Order”? Does the TIA not understand that it is real…an order…what part about it is “so called?”
Anyway, in another pontifical diatribe, TIA CEO Scott Belcher rants that the FCC has “arbitrarily eliminated” good regulations in favor of bad regulations that will ruin everything, in a press release announcing the association’s effort at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
“The Commission’s order flies in the face of its goal to facilitate connectivity across the country – a mission TIA and its member companies fully support. By all accounts, the FCC failed to consider hard evidence that heavy-handed regulations hamper infrastructure investment necessary to deliver broadband to more Americans. In the end, it will be the consumers left without advanced communications networks that will pay for the FCC’s actions,” Belcher said in a prepared statement.
News bulletin,TIA: The court system doesn’t make policy. In fact, it doesn’t even judge which policies that come before it are good and which are bad. Belcher could be dead right, which he is not, and the court would not care. The court is charged with determining if the agency has broken a law. The last thing I remember regulating an industry was not against the law.
I guess the TIA knows more about the FCC, than the FCC. So…the TIA must be way smarter than the rest of us, and that scares me.