Net neutrality advocates are generally pleased by the Federal Communications Commission’s latest plan to regulate Internet service providers, but some are pointing out potential problems.
Attorney Matt Wood, the policy director for advocacy group Free Press, told the FCC last week that it faces “legal obstacles” in how it intends to regulate Internet service providers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposes to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers in two parts. ISPs will be common carriers in their relationships with home Internet consumers. They will also be common carriers in their business relationships with “edge providers,” companies that offer services, applications, and content over the Internet.
“[B]oth the service to the end user and to the edge provider are classified under Title II [of the Communications Act],” the proposal states.
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