Waxman Plugs Sec. 706/Title II Hybrid Net Neutrality Rules

House Energy & Commerce Committee ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is pitching FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on a hybrid Title II/Sec. 706 approach to reconstituting network neutrality rules.

The proposal is targeted to an Oct. 7 FCC network neutrality forum on "new ideas for protecting and promoting an open Internet," which will consider hybrid options, among others.

In a 10-page letter to Wheeler, Waxman, who is retiring at the end of this session, suggested reclassifying Internet access under Title II regulations, then using Sec. 706 authority to establish bright-line rules banning blocking, "throttling," and paid prioritization.

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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.