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FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected


FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to announce the broadband plan on Thursday.

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The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, will try to regulate broadband Internet service despite a recent court ruling that the commission had limited powers to do so. Two FCC officials say that Genachowski will announce Thursday (May 6) that the commission considers broadband service a sort of hybrid between an information service and a utility and that it has sufficient power to regulate Internet traffic under existing law.

The FCC decision is likely to be seen as a victory for content companies which do not want Internet service providers to have the power to charge them for access to customers or for faster download speeds.

 

The FCC has limited authority over information services but it has vast powers to regulate certain utilities. It contends that a mix of those powers can be applied to broadband service.

From The New York Times
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