4 Senators Urge Support Of FCC Broadband Proposals
June 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM (PT)
Four Senate Democrats sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to support the FCC's National Broadband Plan and efforts to regulate Net neutrality through Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI's "third way" plan.
Sens. JOHN KERRY (D-MA), MARIA CANTWELL (D-WA), RON WYDEN (D-OR), and TOM UDALL (D-NM) sent the letter to Chairman DANIEL INOUYE (D-HI) and Ranking Member THAD COCHRAN (D-MS) telling them that it is the FCC's "responsibility to ensure it has the proper regulatory structure in place to execute its responsibilities under existing law. Preempting that process through an appropriations rider would be inappropriate." The four senators said that they "oppose any effort to use the appropriations process to block the (FCC) from using its existing legal authority to preserve an open Internet, protect consumers, and provide rural residents and Americans with disabilities with access to today's broadband Internet services."
In addition, the senators suggested that opening the "third way" partial Internet regulation proposal to public comment would be a "reasonable and responsible way to move forward."