Exactly one month after a federal court ruled the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to regulate the Internet, the agency’s chairman unveiled a plan to nonetheless implement his ambitious National Broadband Plan—an avenue he called a “third way.”
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said agency lawyers had found a way for the commission to strictly impose net neutrality rules on Internet service providers (ISPs), despite the fact that the April 6 Comcast v. FCC decision by the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia said it did not.
While admitting “the Comcast decision has created a serious problem,” Genachowski claims the ruling still leaves wiggle room for the FCC to regulate ISPs with what he promises will be a “light touch.”
Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, DC, scoffed at Genachowski’s “light tough” formulation.
“While the FCC is attempting to create a regulatory framework suitable for the ever-changing Internet ecosystem, its proposal is tantamount to going duck hunting with a cannon,” Atkinson said.
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