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Businesses ramp up fight against FCC Web rules

Businesses opposed to Web regulations at the Federal Communications Commission are stepping up their battle against new rules, with a two-day lobbying blitz scheduled next week that includes meetings with key lawmakers, regulators and a White House official.

The Telecommunications Industry Association is bringing 15 representatives of companies including Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent to meet with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

The push against FCC rules comes after the agency announced it would take more comments on the controversial proposal by Genachowski for net neutrality rules. By taking one more month of public feedback on the issue, Genachowski effectively pushed back his policy proposal for after the November mid-term elections.

In their meetings, the 15 representatives will argue that Genachowski’s proposal to re-regulate broadband services would create too much uncertainty for investment in new broadband lines. Instead, the groups believe the current framework – with minimal oversight by the FCC – has sparked a rapid expansion of broadband so far and will continue to do so.

“The existing regulatory framework has driven billions of dollars of private capital into next-generation broadband networks, and can continue to do so without risk to the commission’s most critical objectives,” TIA wrote in comments to the FCC.

During their two-day lobbying campaign, they also will meet with Phil Weiser, the White House’s senior adviser to the director of technology and innovation. Weiser will speak at an invitation-only dinner hosted by TIA on Wednesday. The following morning, TIA will host a breakfast with media and its visiting board members.

The members include Allison Cerra, the chief operating officer for Alcatel-Lucent’s America’s division; Charlie Fox, global business director for Tyco Electronics; Rob Pullen, president of Tellabs; and Mike Pellon, vice president of standards for Motorola.

By Cecilia Kang  |  September 10, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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