Rep Eshoo: Net Neutrality Bill Would Tie FCC's Hands


Author: John Eggerton
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House Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA) thinks the Republican-backed bill to define the Federal Communications Commission's authority over an open Internet is a bill of rights for "various companies" that would tie the FCC's hands by preventing Title II reclassification.

Additionally, Ranking Member Eshoo believes the bill creates a "huge loophole" for specialized services to create prioritized fast lanes that would be biased against enforcement, harms the deployment of rural broadband, and could restrict access to utility poles. Ranking Member Eshoo also doesn't like the draft's limitation of the FCC's powers to the issues it enumerates -- blocking, discrimination, paid prioritization. "The proposal also attempts to address specific forms of discrimination, but who today knows with any certainty what tomorrow’s forms of discrimination will be? The proposal takes away the authority of the FCC to address them."

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