FCC Wants More Control Over Broadband Transmission

Google Inc., which is proceeding with a country-wide experiment to expand high-speed Internet access to as many as 500,000 new users, appears to have taken a somewhat centrist position on the FCC’s proposal.

Rick Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel for Google, in a blog post some two weeks prior to Genachowski’s statement, wrote, “We’ve said all along that what’s important to us is promoting an open Internet, and providing access for Americans to the best broadband possible.”

He further wrote, “To us this has never been about regulatory rigidity but about protecting consumers and keeping the Internet open for innovators. So while we’re not wed to any particular legal theory to justify the FCC’s jurisdiction, we do believe some minimal oversight over broadband networks is essential.”

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