The Consumer Federation of America said Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal for new, Title II/Sec. 706-grounded net-neutrality rules, at least from descriptions of the draft order, looks like it is "exactly what is needed to ensure that the principle of open access on which [the Internet's] success is preserved in the future."
That came in a letter from the CFA to the chair and ranking member of the House Communications Subcommittee in advance of a net neutrality hearing in the subcommittee Wednesday (Feb. 25). That hearing comes a day before the planned vote on the order.
CFA said that by combining Sec. 706 authority with Title II as needed "puts key policy issues back on the table – like universal service, consumer protection and competition – that were never addressed when broadband was misclassified as an information service."
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.