FCC's Copps, Sen. Dorgan back regulation of broadband
Michael Copps, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, on Thursday threw his weight behind a proposal to define broadband services as telecommunications services.
In an op-ed with Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) in Roll Call, the two said the controversial proposal being announced Thursday by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is needed to create rules that prevent carriers from blocking or unfairly slowing any applications on their networks, a concept known as net neutrality.
"Over much of the past decade, the FCC took American consumers on a dangerous deregulatory ride that moved broadband outside the rules that had guaranteed equal access for everyone," the two wrote. "Fortunately, the FCC can correct course by putting broadband under the set of rules where it belongs."
"Technically, this means reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service. But practically, this means keeping control in the hands of consumers — rather than letting cable and phone companies decide where Americans can go online."
May 6, 2010; 9:13 AM ET
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