May-10

FCC Internet regulation: A ‘third way’ or third rail?

Washington, D.C., partner Laura Phillips authored this article in the Daily Caller discussing the future of the Federal Communications Commission’s regulation of broadband internet services.  The FCC announced May 6, 2010, that it intends to pursue reclassification of the transmission component of Internet access as a Title II service, but forbear from applying other unnecessary regulations – a compromise “third way” to support Net Neutrality without imposing unnecessary regulations that would stifle investment and innovation.  Laura, a member of the firm’s Telecommunications & Mass Media Team argues, however, that notwithstanding the “third way” idea, the FCC has two choices: it can try to reassert Title II authority over broadband access or not.

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