Is Making Broadband a Utility the Key to Saving the Web?

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To the chagrin of net neutrality advocates, the Federal Communication Commission’s latest Open Internet Proposal, released on Thursday, waves a wet noodle at companies that flout open Internet rules.

But a reclassification of broadband services as “utilities” could give the FCC a hammer.

See also: FCC and Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Before Today’s Big Meeting

As it stands today, Internet service providers are classified as information services, which means the FCC cannot regulate them as it would landline phones, which are considered telecommunication utilities and under the FCC’s purview. Reclassifying ISPs as utilities (like common carrier telephone services) would potentially give the FCC far greater control over ISPs and, potentially, help the FCC ensure an open Internet. Read more…

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