Sound off: Reactions to the FCC's new net neutrality rules

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has indicated he will circulate a proposal to his fellow commissioners to codify net neutrality rules that would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The proposed rules would also fully apply to wireless networks. FCC officials said they expect the proposal to spark a fresh round of litigation over the rules. Wheeler's proposal has drawn a torrent of responses. Here are a few key ones:

(For more responses, check out this compilation from the Wall Street Journal, and this one from The Verge.)

We are concerned that the FCC's proposed approach could jeopardize our world leading mobile broadband market and result in significant uncertainty for years to come because the FCC lacks congressional authority to impose Title II public utility regulation on mobile broadband services." --CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker

We continue to believe that a middle ground exists that will allow us to safeguard the open Internet without risk to needed investment and years of legal uncertainty. We were able to find such a path in 2010, and will do our very best to seek such a path today. We also hope that proponents of Title II will consider that any FCC action taken on a partisan vote can be undone by a future commission in similar fashion, or may be declared invalid by the courts. The best way to ensure that open Internet protections, investment and innovation endure is for people of good faith to come together on a bipartisan basis for that purpose. We believe such an opportunity exists today." --Jim Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president-external and legislative affairs

There's no doubt that the cable and telecom monopolies and their hired guns will ramp up their lies in an attempt to thwart the FCC's common-sense action. The FCC should ignore industry's cynical efforts. The agency is not only doing what the law requires, but what the people need. Restoration of Title II is the only way to preserve Net Neutrality and protect everyone's rights to access affordable, competitive and secure communications networks." --Matt Wood, Free Press policy director

Heavily regulating the Internet for the first time is unnecessary and counterproductive. It is unnecessary because all participants in the Internet ecosystem support an open Internet, and the FCC can address any harmful behavior without taking this radical step. Moreover, Congress is working on legislation that would codify open Internet rules once and for all. It is counterproductive because heavy regulation of the Internet will create uncertainty and chill investment among the many players--not just Internet service providers--that now will need to consider FCC rules before launching new services." --Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel, public policy and government affairs

Amazon welcomes action to protect net neutrality--consumers want to keep the fundamental openness of the Internet and the choice it provides, and they ultimately will know whether or not Internet openness was ensured." --Paul Misener,  Amazon's  vice president, global public policy

T-Mobile and I support an open and free internet. Looking forward to seeing what the rules say later this month…" --John Legere, T-Mobile US CEO

Imposing Title II regulation on broadband Internet primarily will benefit lawyers. Endless litigation will create additional uncertainty in the market and impact Internet innovation and investment as companies and investors try to figure out what provisions do or do not apply in a new Title II world.

Democrats primarily have driven the net neutrality debate, but today Republicans in Congress stand ready to work on a bipartisan basis on legislation aimed to 'keep the Internet open.'  If an open Internet is the goal, why is the only acceptable mechanism for achieving that goal a centuries-old regulatory framework? Preserving the open Internet through bi-partisan legislation, achieving and declaring victory on an important issue, steering clear of interminable and disruptive litigation, and reducing consumer costs by veering away from antiquated Title II regulation would seem to be the better alternative." -- Internet Innovation Alliance Founding Co-Chairman Larry Irving


Wheeler chose the best legal path to protect consumers' and business' Internet access, but it no doubt was not an easy one given the enormous political pressure from large Internet access providers not to face even light regulations. We appreciate that Wheeler stood up to this political pressure and we look forward to seeing the details." --Ed Black, Computer and Communications Industry Association President (CCIA members include Google, Facebook, Sprint and T-Mobile)

 

Sound off: Reactions to the FCC's new net neutrality rules
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