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Battle lines are drawn as Republicans react to FCC chairman Genachowski's proposal for regulating broadband Internet providers, but stops short of
reclassifying broadband as a telecom service.
By W. David Gardner , InformationWeek
December 1, 2010 03:48 PM
No more Mr. Nice Guy: FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat, today outlined his plans for regulating broadband Internet providers and drew the
immediate wrath of the two Republican commissioners, indicating that the quest to find a way to deal with the exploding Internet -- particularly its
wireless part -- will be a long and tortuous struggle.
The framework outlined by Genachowski will be voted on at the FCC's Dec. 21 meeting.
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"This framework, if adopted later this month, would advance a set of core goals: It would ensure that the Internet remains a powerful platform for
innovation and job creation; it would empower consumers and entrepreneurs; it would protect free expression; it would increase certainty in the
marketplace, and spur investment both at the edge and in the core of our broadband networks," said Genachowski.
Genachowski's proposal avoided a call to regulate Internet access as a Title II telecommunications service, as telecommunications services have been
regulated in the past. A move to Title II was looked upon as Draconian by Republican members of the FCC and Congress.
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Genachowski said Internet access and traffic issues can be dealt with under existing Title I provisions.
Ranking Republican commissioner Robert McDowell issued an immediate and sharp rejoinder. "Pushing a small group of hand-picked industry players
toward a 'choice' between a bad option (Title I Internet regulation) or a worse option (regulating the Internet like a monopoly phone company under
Title II) smacks more of coercion than consensus or compromise."
McDowell continued: "This 'agreement' has been extracted in defiance of not only the courts, but a large, bipartisan majority of Congress as
well. Both have admonished the FCC not to reach beyond its statutory powers to regulate Internet access."
Federal lawmakers also took their positions with Democratic Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Ron Wyden of
Oregon, urging the FCC to conclude its "Open Internet proceeding in December… We believe you are headed toward a principled center and we support