The Federal Communications Commission will later this week propose a plan to regulate the Internet in the way it might regulate a public utility.
Today the Internet is regulated as an “information service” under Title I in the Communications Law.
The New York Times quotes industry analysts, lobbyists, and former FCC staffers saying that the commission will reclassify broadband service as a Title II telecommunications service.
Reclassifying broadband as under Title II — a section of the Communications Act of 1934 that provides rules for “common carriers” — would give the FCC far broader powers to make sure Internet Service Providers (ISPs) don’t sell faster Internet service to well-monied bidders at the expense of smaller Internet companies.
Such a reclassification would be a major policy shift and would surely ignite a new round of political and legal battles on the issue.
“If true, this is excellent news and a vital step in the right direction,” Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick in a blog post today. “… This is the only way to adopt meaningful network neutrality rules that will be upheld in court.” Read more: http://snip.ly/BpQk
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