At least two promising events occurred during our short hiatus from publishing our ICORE Blog. First, the Ninth Circuit Court granted a motion to transfer the proceeding covering multiple petitions for review of the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order to the D.C. Circuit Court.
The Ninth Circuit Court, of course, is that looney leftist bench bunch that often substitutes its liberal social justice views for settled law in issuing its far-out opinions. So often, in fact, that it is by far the most overturned circuit court in the land. It is doubtful that the FCC’s soft touch, free market regulatory internet approach would have had any chance in this left wing, big government loving venue. How it will fare in the D.C. Circuit is unclear, but at lest it should have a chance there.
Second, the FCC proposed an NPRM which prohibits USF support from being used to purchase equipment or services from any company or entity that poses a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain.
With the number of threats to our national security coming from so many foreign countries and covert domestic sources, it is long past due for the FCC to assure that precious USF funding go only to high cost and rural areas, and do absolutely no harm to our vital telecommunications resources.