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Posted: February 04, 2015 by David Curry
After the failed hybrid net neutrality law pushed by the Federal Communications Commission late last year, it looks like Chairman Tom Wheeler is finally supporting Title II reclassification for broadband companies, sticking with President Obama's plan.
The plan will reportedly also include reclassification from wireless services like Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, despite both claiming issues could arise if this went ahead.
AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are also showing their hand rather early, claiming they will be taking the FCC to court for the new reclassification, which could harm infrastructure development.
Even though there is no evidence that it will affect broadband investment, telecom companies are keen to see no regulation on their home turf.
Title II reclassification means no broadband provider will be able to offer fast-lanes or any other priority regarding speed or price to content creators on the web or mobile.
The FCC has still not made its plans public, but it is likely to be reclassification, something Republicans are starting to warm to after initial defiance.
It is one of the biggest decisions of 2015, likely to change the landscape of broadband for the next decade. The FCC has already acknowledge any community broadband project is legal, and if this goes through community and startups might be able to use the utility polls and wires large telecom companies provide.
Posted: February 02, 2015 by David Curry
Over the past 10 years, telecom companies have been ghost-writing new laws to prevent community broadband projects from getting the go ahead, essentially making them illegal in 19 states.
Even though some have appealed, state representatives for the most part seem deaf to the calls from citizens to remove these regulations, which remove the right to create super-fast broadband.
Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will step in to remove these laws, setting its sights on the telecom companies for writing these laws in the first place.
The laws are, by and large, a stupid move by the city leaders and state representatives to allow a few internet service providers full control over the speed, price and availability of internet.
This means even if the ISP does not invest heavily in upgrades to speed, or milks a certain place for all its worth, citizens cannot stand up and make their own service better.
In some states this even means smaller broadband providers cannot partner up with the government for a municipal broadband service, leading to no way out of the current lock in.
At a time where Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast all don't want to compete on price or speed, it makes it extremely hard for people to be satisfied with their internet.
Hopefully this new move will bring more community broadband to U.S. states, following the example of Provo, Utah and Chattanooga, Tennessee, both offer municipal fiber-optic broadband.