Markey Calls For HIll Bill Or 'Third Way'

Net Neutrality fan registers concerns about specialized services and mobile broadband carve-out

The FCC asked for comment Wednesday on allowing specialized broadband services and whether to apply different openness standards to wireless broadband.
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) was quick to oblige. In a statement, Markey registered his concerns about allowing what he called "discriminatory fast lanes" and said that excluding mobile broadband from an open Internet framework could "widen the digital divide." He said that if Congress does not step in "this month" with a legislative fix, the FCC should go ahead and reclassify broadband under some Title II common carrier regs, the so-called "Third way" proposal by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
""If Congress fails to successfully legislate clarifications this month to the FCC's authority," he said, "it is my hope that the FCC will move quickly to complete its "Third Way" proceeding in order to protect consumers, safeguard fair competition, and preserve the openness that has enabled the Internet to become the most successful communications and commercial medium in history."
The FCC suggested in its request for comment that there was "narrowing disagreement" on a way forward for expanding and clarifying the FCC's Internet openness guidelines.


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.

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.

Saturday Broadband Bill Meeting Held

A source familiar with the meeting plans confirms that network neutrality stakeholders are continuing to talk over the weekend about a possible targeted bill to clarify the FCC's broadband regulatory authority.