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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski explains his decision redefine broadband as a telecommunications service.

By Cecilia Kang  |  May 7, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
 
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Chairman Genachowski's proposed course of action is not a "third way;" it is a "third rail.


The FCC should remember the wise word of FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, at http://www.fcc.gov/Speeches/Abernathy/2002/spkqa215.html, and consider carefully how the years of legal wrangling, lawsuits, appeals, etc. that are sure to result from this attempt at reclassification will affect Americans. Besides sapping the Commission's attention and energy and diverting its resources from the execution of the Broadband Plan (and, thus, harming the public), the regulatory uncertainty inherent in this move will deter investors from providing capital to broadband providers -- which in turn will deny citizens broadband choices and in some cases prevent them from getting broadband at all.

But of course, Cecilia Kang posts the video with no comment, analysis, criticism, or counterpoint -- because such a course of action, while it would be very bad for the public, would suit the interests of Google, Cecilia's sponsor, just fine.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | May 8, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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