Free Press balks as FCC leans toward keeping broadband framework
A greater possibility that the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will keep the current regulatory framework for broadband in place has drawn criticism from the public interest group Free Press.
A story in today's paper outlines where FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski appeared to stand as of late last week. He has not made a final decision, and circumstances could change.
But Free Press's executive director, Josh Silver, warned that by not reclassifying broadband as a common carrier service, the FCC won't be able to carry out its net neutrality policy that Genachowski first introduced last fall. The FCC, despite any legal maneuvering, would have a tough time carrying out key portions of its national broadband plan too, the group said.
“We simply cannot believe that Julius Genachowski would consider going down this path. Failing to reclassify broadband means the FCC is abandoning the signature communications and technology issues of the Obama administration. Such a decision would destroy Net Neutrality," Silver said in a statement. "It would deeply undermine the FCC’s ability to ensure universal Internet access for rural, low-income and disabled Americans. It will undermine the FCC’s ability to protect consumers from price-gouging and invasions of privacy."
May 3, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
Categories: Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality | Tags: Common carrier, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Federal Communications Commission, Free Press, Internet access, Julius Genachowski, Network neutrality, United States
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