Sprint Not Concerned About Title II Classification
Sprint today said it is not worried about the FCC's potential reclassification of broadband to a public utility or Title II Telecommunications Service. "Sprint does not believe that a light touch application of Title II, including appropriate forbearance, would harm the continued investment in, and deployment of, mobile broadband services," wrote Sprint CTO Stephen Bye. Sprint's position is not shared by its competitors, which have spoken out against such a reclassification. The FCC is expected to reveal its plans regarding the regulation of broadband on Feb. 5. The plan has been a year in the making since the FCC's previous net neutrality rules were struck down in court.
Sprint Calls AT&T, Verizon's Bluff on Telecom Investment
Sprint CTO Stephen Bye says the FCC's move to reclassify broadband under Title II won't stifle telecom companies' investment in building new networks. AT&T and Verizon have warned the FCC that strict regulation of broadband is likely to decrease investment and harm consumers in the long term.
TIA Joins Legal Fight Against FCC's Title II Classification
The Telecommunications Industry Association today filed an amicus brief challenging the FCC's move to reclassify broadband services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934. It believes the FCC did not properly evaluate how the reclassification will impact spending on broadband services.
FCC to Begin Dismantling Title II Net Neutrality
The FCC today voted down party lines to begin the process of undoing the Title II designation that governs net neutrality. "The FCC is proposing to return to a regulatory framework that preserved a free and open internet for almost 20 years," said the agency on its Twitter feed.
FCC Chairman Pai Takes First Steps to Reverse Net Neutrality
Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC, today outlined his plan to remove the Title II classification from broadband services and kill off net neutrality laws put in place by the Commission two years ago. In a sometimes fiery and heavily partisan statement, Pai suggested that the previous Commission made an incredible mistake by re-classifying broadband under Title II and installing bright line rules that could not be broken.
Republicans to Battle FCC Broadband Plan
Republicans contend the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules are evidence that the White House has taken control of the agency and must be stopped. "The president gave a speech demanding that the FCC seize control of the Internet and treat it as a government-regulated utility," said Senator Ted Cruz, referring to President Barack Obama's November statement.