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Taking an FCC Fight to an FCC Podcast

One of the state Attorneys General suing the Federal Communications Commission over its net-neutrality regulation rollback got to use the agency’s own website to take shots at that decision.

That is by way of the latest installment of Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s Broadband Conversations podcast with high-profile women.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Rosenworcel is herself a big opponent of that Republican-led deregulation, so it is no surprise that Massachusetts AG Maura Healey got on the FCC platform to suggest ISPs would get to favor their own content under the agency’s new regime. (The online transcript originally said “savor” their own content, which many others do when that content is, say, Netflix’s Shtisel or binge-watching The West Wing, but The Wire digresses.)

“I support net neutrality, and I know that you have sued my agency, the FCC, over its effort to roll back our net neutrality rules late in 2017,” Rosenworcel pointed out in giving her the opening.

Healey explained why she had joined with almost two dozen other AGs to sue. She said the result of that FCC deregulation was going to be a slower, more-expensive, more-restricted internet, and that was a form of discrimination.

But if Healey was scoring points with Rosenworcel — she was — for her aggressive stance against the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom order, it was understandable. She was a point guard and captain of her basketball team at Harvard and even played professionally on a European team before trading her sneakers for putting legal moves on the FCC.

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.