Latta to FCC: Reject President's 'Reckless' Title II Call

Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), a member of the House Communications Subcommittee, said Friday the FCC should reject what he characterized as "reckless" calls by President Obama and others for Title II common carrier regulation of Internet access.

In a speech at a Free State Foundation network neutrality forum in Washington Friday, Latta said that heaping "regulatory baggage" on Internet service providers would stunt investment and restrict innovation.

Latta is on the record as no fan of Title II. Earlier this year, he introduced a bill, backed by cable operators, that would prevent Title II reclassification by defining Internet access as an information service, and would not allow an information service to be classified as a common carrier.

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John Eggerton

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.