In response to the “net neutrality” battle set off by the FCC’s controversial new “Open Internet” proceeding, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) this week introduced legislation that would prevent a reclassification of the Internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act, the section of law that allows the FCC to regulate “common carriers.”
“In light of the FCC initiating yet another attempt to regulate the Internet, upending long-standing precedent and imposing monopoly-era telephone rules and obligations on the 21st Century broadband marketplace, Congress must take action to put an end to this misguided regulatory proposal,” said Rep. Latta in a release.
While the FCC has not formally proposed reclassifying the Internet, it has invited comments on the subject and FCC Chairman Wheeler has left open the door to doing so if needed for “net neutrality” to succeed.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: May 30, 2014