Congressman Calls FCC's 'Third Way' A 'Blind Power Grab'
June 17, 2010 at 4:54 AM (PT)
A letter from Rep. FRED UPTON (R-MI) to FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI rips the proposed "third way" regulation of Net neutrality by the Commission as a "blind power grab."
BROADCASTING AND CABLE's JOHN EGGERTON reports that UPTON, a former Chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, told GENACHOWSKI, "Despite overwhelming opposition within a Congress that possesses the actual authority that the FCC covets, the Commission now inexplicably appears poised on THURSDAY to take another misguided leap towards its investment-suffocating attempt to regulate broadband providers as common carriers." UPTON urged GENACHOWSKI to "stand down from pursuing a course unauthorized and opposed by Congress."
The FCC is meeting TODAY to announce the formal inquiry into the "third way" plan, which reclassifies Internet service as subject to Title II common-carrier regulation for purposes of regulating Net neutrality.