NCTA chief Powell dishes on net neutrality lawsuits, why Google is more popular than cable companies

Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, is a busy guy these days. The former FCC chairman is leading the legal fight against the agency's recently enacted net neutrality rules, which reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. In an interview with FierceCable, Powell explained why the NCTA is fighting the FCC on net neutrality, arguing that the FCC's rules will "let attorneys and bureaucrats have much more of a say as to how the Internet evolves."

Powell also argued that despite the unpopularity of some major cable companies' customer service, the industry is made up of many small- and medium-sized cable companies that have "good customer relations." Those companies do the hard work of wiring consumers' homes with broadband that companies like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) benefit from, Powell said. He added that Google has a much higher popularity rating because it doesn't have to do things like billing. For more of the conversation check out this Hot Seat interview

Sponsored by SNS Telecom

Shared & Unlicensed Spectrum in the 5G Era

Learn how shared and unlicensed spectrum will transform cellular communications in the 5G era. Featuring enabling technologies, key trends, business models, applications, spectrum availability, case studies and 5G NR/LTE equipment forecasts.