The Cable Show
There are some people who think Internet service should be regulated as a public utility, like the electric grid, water supply, or phone network.
Michael Powell, who was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 2001 to 2005 and is now CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), is not one of them.
As leader of the FCC, Powell decided in 2002 that Internet access would be treated as an “information service” rather than telecommunications, exempting it from common carrier regulations that apply to the traditional phone network.That decision indirectly led to the recent failure of the FCC to enforce network neutrality laws that prevent broadband providers from discriminating against Internet traffic.
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