Former FCC Chair: Yes to Net Neutrality, But Maybe Not Wireless, As He Heads to Firm With Telecom Clients
Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said Wednesday in an interview with USA Today that he supports a current proposal to codify and expand net neutrality rules. But he isn't sure if those rules should the wireless industry, one of the loudest debates to arise from last week's announced proposal.
"As FCC chairman, 'I tried to protect consumers' ability to get access to any content on the Internet," but in a manner that didn't unfairly penalize carriers," the report quoted Martin as saying.
"Should the principles apply to wireless? Martin says he'll have to wait to see the FCC's proposed rules - due out this week - before he can make that call.
Whenever it comes to regulation, he adds, 'You have to be cautious.' "
As reported, Martin will co-chair the practice of Patton Boggs' telecommunications policy practice. The law firm works for Verizon Communications and AT&T (though it did not collect fees from AT&T in 2009 or 2008), according to OpenSecrets.org. AT&T and the wireless industry association CTIA-The Wireless Association have come out new rules for how mobile broadband providers can control Web traffic on their cellular networks.
I asked a Patton Boggs spokeswoman Wednesday about the firm's clients, Verizon and AT&T. She declined to immediately respond to the questions in an e-mail saying she will call today.
October 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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