ISPs Ask FCC Not to Classify Broadband as Telecom

Representatives from three major Internet service providers and five industry trade groups sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to discourage the agency against classifying broadband as a telecommunications service, which would boost the FCC's power to regulate broadband providers. In the letter, AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and other signers pushed back on the argument that classifying broadband in this way would be returning to oversight schemes that existed before the FCC was under the control of the administration of Republican President George W. Bush, which consumer advocates say imposed deregulatory policies.