Originally published: June 8, 2010
Last updated: June 8, 2010 - 10:27pm
[Commentary] The fight over open access to the Internet has turned into a public relations war and a political football in Congress. Last month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his proposal to clarify the agency's authority to oversee the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast in their critical roles as providers of transport links to high-speed Internet access. His approach has strong support from fellow Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn.
In 1996, at the dawn of the Internet age, Congress comprehensively rewrote the law to give the FCC discretion and flexibility to tailor its regulatory approach for a rapidly shifting communications landscape. Chairman Genachowski's proposal to restore appropriate regulatory oversight of high-speed Internet access does no more than Congress intended.
[Tyrone Brown is the president of Media Access Project and a former FCC commissioner.]
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