Union Square Ventures wants broadband reclassification
Brad Burnham, founding partner of Union Square Ventures and an investor in some cutting-edge tech firms, thinks that the Federal Communications Commission should reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service.
In this video interview with Post Tech, Burnham -- whose venture capital firm has invested in companies including Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga, and Boxee -- says he thinks broadband access providers need a strong watchdog to ensure that smaller Web companies get a fair shot at growing.
He was in Washington to tell this to lawmakers and drum up support for an idea that is being strongly opposed by broadband service providers such as Verizon, AT&T, and cable operators.
The FCC will begin a process of redefining broadband as a telecommunications service next Thursday at its open meeting. Democratic Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn in the past two weeks reiterated their support for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's plan for reclassification. Republican Commissioner Meredith Baker said at a conference yesterday that she thinks the move is unneeded and a back door for more regulation.
| June 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories: Broadband, Comcast, FCC, Media, Net Neutrality, VIDEOS
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