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There's time to fix Net neutrality

Preston Gralla | Jan. 17, 2014
Yes, the ruling is a disaster for advocates of a free and untrammeled Internet, but not quite an unmitigated one.

Even better would be the FCC reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service that must follow common carrier rules. That would re-establish full Net neutrality. It's what should have been done back in 2002.

Doing that would infuriate congressional Republicans and unleash the ISPs' lobbyists and political might in an all-out war against the FCC. Scott Cleland, who runs NetCompetition.org, which represents broadband carrier interests, made it clear that that's exactly what would happen. Computerworld quotes him as saying, "It would be regulatory World War III."

But if that's what it takes, that's what needs to be done. Doing anything less would amount to an abdication of the FCC's responsibility and allow the Internet as we know it to die a slow death.

 

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