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33 equipment manufacturers oppose public-utility broadband

Grant Gross | Sept. 10, 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should resist calls to reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility as a way to enact strong net neutrality rules, more than 30 broadband equipment manufacturers, including Cisco Systems, IBM and Intel, have said.

On Monday, Representative Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat and House minority leader, urged the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II. "I oppose special Internet fast lanes, only open to those firms large enough to pay big money or fraught enough to give up big stakes in their company," Pelosi wrote in a letter to the FCC.

The equipment makers' letter comes a day before a group of companies and advocacy groups will engage in a symbolic Internet slow-down in an attempt to show visitors the Internet slow lanes they say will appear if the FCC doesn't pass strong net neutrality regulations.

 

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