Google filing urges FCC to consider reclassification
Today, I began looking into the thousands of pages of comments on net neutrality filed to the FCC. And in its filing, Google provides more clarity into its thinking on the FCC's authority to regulate broadband providers.
To the general public, Google appeared Monday to stay on the sidelines of a heated debate over the Federal Communications Commission’s authority over broadband services. In a blog, media counsel Rick Whitt said the company was more focused on net neutrality rules than taking a position on whether the agency should reclassify broadband services. A federal appeals court decision in March put the FCC’s authority in jeopardy.
But tucked in a 65-page filing on the FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules, Google appeared to take a stronger stance. The search giant suggested that the agency consider reclassifying broadband as a Title II common carrier service.
“It would be unwise for the Commission simply to continue relying solely or primarily on its Title I authority to adopt the proposed broadband openness rules,” Google wrote in its comments. “Instead, the FCC should consider a number of options, including pursuing a decision grounded in whole or in part on its unquestioned authority under existing statutory titles, including Title II.”
That the company is considering a move of broadband from Title I to Title II is “especially important” because carriers have threatened lengthy court battles over any broadband regulations. Google said in considering a reclassification that it should be done for wired and wireless services.
April 28, 2010; 8:12 AM ET
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