Comcast: Willing To Explore If There Is Workable 'Third Way'

Company prepared to work with Genachowski's proposal

said Thursday (May 6) it would be willing to explore FCC Chairman Julius
Genachowski's proposal for a "third way" approach to Internet

said in a statement that it would work with the commission to determine
"if" there was a way to allow the FCC to take limited measure to
preserve Internet openness and the broadband plan, but "cast the kind of
regulatory cloud that would chill investment and innovation by ISPs."

The chairman is proposing applying selected portions of Title II telecommunications
service regulation on the net, while forbearing (not applying) other parts,
which he Thursday called a compromise between the current regulatory
uncertainty and the too heavy hand of a full Title II reclassification.

regulatory uncertainty stemmed from a decision by a federal appeals court
overturning the FCC's smack down of Comcast over its network management/blocking
of BitTorrent uploads, which the FCC concluded was out of bounds. The court
said the FCC had not justified its authority to make that call.

while Comcast said it was willing to hear the FCC out, it also said it believed
that the existing Title I classification of broadband as a more lightly-regulated
information service "gives the commission sufficient authority to
implement both key goals of the National Broadband Plan and reasonable rules to
preserve an open Internet." 


AT&T: FCC's 'Third Way' Would Be Road To Ruin

Company tells commission that its proposal to reclassify broadband transmissions as a telecommunications service subject to some Title II common carrier regs--FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's so-called "third way" proposal" would be a "road to ruin" based on "incontrovertible" evidence in the public record.

ACA to FCC: Third Way Would Be big Burden

The American Cable Association says that reclassifying broadband as a Title II service will have immediate and significant economic impact on the small and mid-sized cable/telecom companies it represents.