FCC begins regulatory overhaul of broadband at June 17 meeting
The Federal Communications Commission will begin the process of redefining broadband services as a telecommunications service at its open meeting on June 17.
In a press release, the agency said it will issue a notice of inquiry -- which will draw comments and a review by the agency -- on a proposal by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. He is expected to get the three votes necessary to proceed with the review.
In it, the agency will explore the following questions:
1) Whether the FCC's current “information service” classification of broadband Internet service remains legally sound and adequate.
2) What the legal and practical consequences would be of classifying broadband Internet as a “telecommunications service” to which all the requirements of Title II of the Communications Act would apply.
3) How Genachowski's “third way” proposal of reclassification under Title II with stripped rules would "reaffirm" the agency's unregulated approach to broadband.
"Nearly a decade has passed since the commission gathered the record on which the current legal classification of broadband Internet service is based," the agency said in the release. "Congress has recently reaffirmed the FCC’s limited-but-vital role with respect to broadband; and the Commission has fulfilled Congress’s mandate to develop a National Broadband Plan recommending specific agency actions to encourage deployment and adoption."
May 27, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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