Bill would prohibit FCC from reclassifying broadband as utility

Latta's legislation would limit the FCC's authority in its current net neutrality proceeding

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

However, many people filing comments in the FCC's net neutrality proceeding want the regulations. Advocates of strong net neutrality rules have criticized Wheeler's proposal as too weak, potentially allowing broadband providers to charge Web content producers for priority traffic.

In the past month, the FCC has received more than 46,000 comments on the net neutrality proposal.

"The internet should be managed like a utility," wrote one person. "Don't let corporate greed degrade line speeds."

"I am requesting that the FCC reclassifies Internet Service Providers as Title II common carriers," another person wrote. "The USA is founded on principles of equality and freedom. These foundational concepts need to be applied to the Internet, particularly as we as a society move forward with technological advances. The internet is vital to society, and this uniquely creative and open marketplace must remain a place for all of us regardless of deep pockets and political connections."

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's email address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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