Cable helpers: Politicos, CTIA opposed to FCC Internet regulation

While cable industry executives last week followed an apparent script of cooperation with the FCC and any plans it might have to regulate broadband Internet, others outside the industry have adopted more rigorous opposition to the idea.

The Michigan House of Representatives, in fact, adopted a non-partisan resolution telling the FCC that "monopoly-era provisions of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 to regulate the Internet will slow investment in Michigan's broadband infrastructure and jeopardize future job growth."

As expected, the CTIA doesn't like the idea of regulation any little bit. CTIA President Steve Largent, in a wide-ranging Q&A with CNET News, said there are different degrees of broadband networks and different degrees of regulation but "we don't think net neutrality regulations should apply to anybody. And we definitely don't think they should apply to the wireless industry. So we're working to educate the Commission about that."

For what it's worth, when asked during a Cable Show panel session about FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's plan to administer light regulation under Title II provisions, Time Warner Cable Chairman, President-CEO Glenn Britt said: "We remain willing to work with them."

For more:
- see this story
- and this Q&A with Steve Largent

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