More Democrats Voice Support For Network Neutrality Regulations

Author: John Eggerton
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Reps Ed Markey (D-MA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Doris Matsui (D-CA) have written federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski in support of network neutrality. They said that Chairman genachowski's proposed "third way" for broadband regulation is a "tailored, commonsense approach" to clarification, which is necessary after a federal appeals court threw out the FCC's action against Comcast for blocking file uploads by BitTorrent users.

"We agree that your proposition's application of sections within Title II to broadband services is appropriate and necessary, as they cover fundamental consumer protection issues such as privacy and access for individuals with disabilities." But they also praised the FCC's decision to start the process with a Notice of Inquiry on various scenarios (rather than, say, voting to adopt that Third Way, which could be done since the change is in the application of existing rules and can be done without going through the rulemaking process). They said that the NOI will "enable the public to take part in this vital process."


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