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Rep. Dingell to FCC Chair: hold off on re-regulation of broadband

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), a member of the House Commerce committee, urged the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on the agency's push to re-regulate broadband service providers.

Dingell, a former chairman of the committee, said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had not yet responded to a letter sent two months ago for an explanation of the reasoning behind the agency's move to redefine broadband as a telecommunications service.

Such a move would allow the agency to oversee those broadband providers and impose rules. The proposal has won support from key congressional leaders Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), but has also drawn opposition from many other lawmakers. It has also sparked protest from others. Senator James DeMint (R-S.C.) and other Republicans introduced a bill that would prevent the FCC from extending its rulemaking authority over broadband service providers.

“I find it wholly frustrating that Chairman Genachowski, after nearly two months, still has not responded to my questions,” Dingell said. “I have serious concerns about the FCC’s proposed course of action. There is intense interest in the Congress about this, and I feel Chairman Genachowski’s responses to my questions would be invaluable in informing the debate on the matter.”

The FCC declined to comment on the letter.

By Cecilia Kang  |  July 21, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
Categories:  Broadband , FCC  
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I wonder why Dingell is so concerned. Broadband needs more regulation and universal access. The phone companies wont do it by themselves unless they are pushed. We are ruining our economic prospects by not having universal coverage .. We have waited long enough. We need jobs, and better and more broadband will help.

Posted by: jimbobkalina | July 22, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Dingell was/is a long-time enabler of the (fossilized) auto industry's fight against regulations that might have helped it avert its demise. Expect him to be on the troglodyte side of this issue too.

Posted by: featheredge99 | July 22, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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