“The previous administration tried to lump enhanced data information services and communications services together. It’s becoming clear to more people that that was the wrong approach and the FCC’s new direction would correct that. Genachowski’s hybrid approach recognizes the distinction between applications, online data services and media content on the one hand, and essential underlying telecommunications transport services on the other.
“By acknowledging that Title II of the (Communications) Act governs interstate telecommunications, including broadband transmission services sold as Internet access, this move wisely correct a previous misstep and would keep the FCC on solid legal ground to maintain nondiscriminatory access to an open Internet. It will not limit what information services may also be sold by IAPs.
“The FCC is trying to preserve Internet freedom and minimize Internet regulation. Genachowski understands that heavy-handed regulation can chill innovation. This light touch approach helps ensure access to an open Internet for households, students, entrepreneurs and small businesses without regulating the Internet itself.”