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US legislation seeks to bar FCC from classifying broadband as utility

Legislation in the US seeks to stop the FCC from classifying broadband as a utility with similar legislation pending in the House and Senate

By: Shane McGlaun from May 30, 2014 @ 7:08 CDT

A new legislation is pending in the US House that would seek to prevent the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a carrier utility. The reclassification as a utility is something that many net neutrality supporters have been calling for. Representative Bob Latta introduced the new legislation to the US House of Representatives.

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If approved the legislation would block the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a common-carrier telecom service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The move to reclassify broadband comes after the FCC chairman suggested a move that would allow carriers to engage in "commercially reasonable" traffic management on their networks.

Latta maintains that reclassifying broadband as a utility would hurt the internet economy. The legislation is expected to get a positive reception in the Republican controlled House in the US. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas is expected to introduce a similar legislation in the Senate.

NEWS SOURCES:computerworld.com

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