US FCC might not get control of the Internet

Moves by the US FCC to start policing the World Wide Wibble against telcos opposed to net neutrality seem to be hitting more political obstructions.


According to CRN senators from both parties are voicing opposition to the move and appear to be backing the big telcos.


Seventy-four Congressional Democrats and 37 Senate Republicans on Monday penned and signed two separate letters to Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC, asking him to abandon plans to reclassify broadband Internet access.

According to the Website the 74 Congressmen said that annual investments of $60 billion in broadband industry infrastructure over the past several years have brought high-speed Internet connections to 95 percent of US homes.

However as much as $350 billion in investment by private companies is still needed, and that such an investment requires a continued commitment to a stable regulatory environment.

“The significant regulatory impact of reclassifying broadband service is not something that should be taken lightly and should not be done without additional direction from Congress.” They appear to be worried about “burdensome” regulations on broadband services.

They hit out at the FCC for relying on the “unsubstantiated fear” that there is a lack of competition among broadband service providers, and that those providers may someday harm consumers.

“There is scant evidence that the broadband market lacks competition or that consumers have been harmed in a manner that would warrant the heavy-handed 19th century regulations that you seek to impose on a highly competitive 21st century communications marketplace,” the Senators wrote

It seems likely that the big telcos are starting to call in their favours with their favourite politicians. The letter could have been penned by a PR in any of the big Telcos and fails to mention anything about users benefiting.