One of the digital world's big boys has thrown down the gauntlet at the feet of the national's telecommunications police over the issue of whether the agency has the authority to control Internet services.
Verizon Communications recently urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to get out of the industry's way in expanding broadband Internet services.
Verizon has recently begun a 10-year effort to bulk up its broadband presence across the country. The company said that the FCC's power over high-speed Internet services is "at best murky" and offered recommendations to Congress that could take away much of the agency's power.
Tom Tauke, Verizon's top lobbyist, urged lawmakers to rethink the way the government oversees broadband, arguing that the FCC should shift to more of an enforcement role -- like that of the Federal Trade Commission -- from its current status as a rule-making body.
The battle is over whether broadband is a "common carrier service", like telephone companies. Classifying it as such would depend on whether courts determine whether the FCC has jurisdiction over broadband.
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