Feeds

Republicans turn up heat on FCC over net neutrality push

GOP leaders say free internet provisions would be "antiquated regulation"

Seven Steps to Software Security

A group of conservative lawmakers are calling on FCC boss Tom Wheeler to take a step away from his plans to mandate a net neutrality policy for the communications watchdog.

In a letter (PDF) signed and posted by House Speaker John Boehner, several prominent Republicans inform Wheeler of their opposition to what they call "antiquated regulation on the Internet" which could harm job growth.

In addition to Boehner, the letter is signed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

All four argue that if Wheeler enacts rules which prevent networks from charging services for preferred network access, economic growth in the US would be stifled.

"Private sector investment has been a cornerstone of broadband deployment, and imposing expansive network neutrality regulations would only serve to deter investment and stifle one of the brightest spots in our economy," the lawmakers write in their letter.

The letter also looks to dissuade Wheeler from invoking provisions in Title II of The Telecommunications Act of 1996 which would reclassify broadband internet as a "common carrier" service subject to blanket non-discrimination requirements.

"Investment experts advise that implementing such a scheme- or even considering regulating broadband as Title II service- created regulatory uncertainty that causes a reduction in the investment capital nceessart for even greater broadband deployment," the group wrote.

"The FCC must correct this misstep and make clear its commitment to establishing a stable regulatory scheme that allows for investment and innovation."

The letter comes amidst pressure from both sides of the net neutrality debate on Tom Wheeler and the FCC as the group decides how to proceed with its Open Internet plans. Earlier this year a US court ruled that the commission could not impose net neutrality mandates upon broadband services as they are currently classified.

When Wheeler, who has come under fire for his past work as a telecoms industry lobbyist, introduced a revised plan which would allow for certain 'fast lane' service delivery arrangements, net neutrality advocates erupted with a series of protests.

The FCC is set to further discuss the matter tomorrow at a scheduled open meeting. ®

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.