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Rep. Eshoo Outlines Title II-Lite Approach

In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Rep. Anna Eshoo associated herself with Wheeler as an "unswerving defender" of a free and open Internet.  

She says the rules should apply to both fixed and mobile broadband and should include not only a no blocking rule, but specific nondiscrimination rules preventing paid prioritization and "throttling" (slowing or degrading traffic with a carve-out for reasonable network management).  

She argues those need the strong legal underpinning of Title II classification, to include at a minimum the Sec. 202 prohibition on unjust or unreasonable discrimination, but potentially also some consumer protection provisions elsewhere in Title II.   

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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.