Giant Internet service providers are roaring mad about new net neutrality rules and the reclassification of broadband as a common carrier service. Reaction among small ISPs is more diverse, but some of them say they will be saddled with legal costs so high that it will prevent them from upgrading equipment that provides Internet service to small towns and rural areas.
Six members of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association made these claims in declarations that accompanied a petition seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission decision. The declarations appear to be coordinated as they all contain similar language, but each ISP also has unique circumstances. We spoke with two of the providers after FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, a Republican who opposes the new rules, highlighted their concerns in a written statement last week.
As stated by Pai, “KWISP Internet serves 475 customers in rural northern Illinois. As a result of the regulatory uncertainty and costs created by the FCC’s decision, KWISP plans to delay network upgrades that would have upgraded customers from 3Mbps to 20Mbps service, new tower construction that would have brought service to unserved areas, and capacity upgrades that would reduce congestion for existing customers—not to mention the jobs needed to make all of that happen. KWISP worries that even a frivolous lawsuit brought under the Order could force ownership to ‘close the business.’”
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