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Trade group, lawmaker in the U.S. question drive to classify broadband as a utility

Grant Gross | May 14, 2014
A cable broadband trade group and a lawmaker are urging the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to refrain from reclassifying broadband as a regulated utility, a move the agency's chairman says is still on the table.

Several studies have rejected the argument that reclassification would hurt broadband investment, Karr added. "What we need is an Internet free from discrimination, not empty threats from cable companies," he said.

An NCTA spokesman said the trade group's concerns are justified, and reclassification would lead to "ruinous consequences."

"We support an open Internet, but many of its most vocal advocates are employing aggressive tactics and misinformation to try and bully the FCC into the radical and unwarranted step of reclassifying broadband into a Title II public utility," he added by email. "The harm to investment would be substantial; limiting the hopes of getting broadband to every American, slowing the growth of broadband speeds, and impeding efforts to improve adoption."

 

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