Sprint is disputing its fellow wireless providers’ claims that treating broadband as a common carrier service will harm network investments.
In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission yesterday, Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye wrote that “light touch” application of common carrier rules won’t change how Sprint invests in its networks.
The FCC may vote on February 26 to reclassify fixed and mobile broadband as common carrier services that can be regulated under Title II of the Communications Act, which has long been applied to the wireline telephone market. In making his case for Title II, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler argued that the commission can forbear from the statute’s onerous provisions while enforcing net neutrality restrictions against blocking, throttling, or prioritizing services in exchange for payment.
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