As we near the FCC open meeting at the end of next week, when it will decide on both the Chattanooga and Wilson petitions regarding their wish to expand as well as a proposal to reclassify Internet access a Title II service in order to ensure it can maintain the same open Internet we have long loved.
We have mostly focused on the muni petitions, but after hearing some concerns from some munis regarding Title II, we realize we have to delve into the Title II reclassification more deeply.
Enter Chris Lewis, VP of Government of Affairs for Public Knowledge. We’ve always enjoyed talking with Lewis on various issues around telecom policy and we asked him to come on and answer some of the questions we have heard.
We talk about the prospects of rate regulation, unbundling, transparency requirements, and the process for filing complaints until Title II. Overall, our conclusion is that the rules as we understand them, are quite reasonable and should not pose a problem to munis that are already committed to providing a high quality service.
You can read a Fact Sheet about the proposed rules here.
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Thanks to Persson for the music, licensed using Creative Commons. The song is “Blues walk.”