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USTelecom's McCormick: Title II Is 'Bad, Bad, Bad'

Walter McCormick, USTelecom president and CEO, Wednesday planned to tell a Media Institute luncheon that the FCC's vote to reclassify Internet access service as a Title II telecom service subject to common carrier regulation was "bad policy – bad for consumers, bad for innovation, bad for investment, [and] bad for American competitiveness in the world economy."

That is according to his prepared text for an April 22 luncheon speech to the group.

He also says the FCC is making a "breathtaking" assertion of authority in trying to call "one thing a different thing" in order to exercise Internet regulatory powers Congress did not give it.

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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.