Proposed law would bar FCC from treating broadband as a utility


The internet as we know it today delivers information without favoring one type of content over another: you can call up a video from the New York Times or from a Justin Bieber fan site, and it will arrive the same way. The broadband connection is just like a telephone line or other public utility.

Some people don’t see it that way, however. This week, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced a bill that would forbid the FCC from classifying broadband services as utilities even if, by every appearance, that is what they are.

“Congress must take action to put an end to this misguided regulatory proposal,” said Congressman Latta of his proposed bill, one that is supported by the cable industry.

The “misguided regulatory proposal” he is describing are proposed rules currently before the FCC that would see the agency regulate internet providers as Title II companies — the same category that applies to telephone companies.

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