National Cable & Telecommunications Association president and CEO Michael Powell told C-SPAN Thursday that the cable lobby will probably sue the FCC over its pending Title II-based net neutrality rules.
Powell (Source: NCTA)
"I think it's just too dramatic, too serious a change not to ask the court to review the propriety of what the commission did, particularly when so much of it rests on whether it had the authority to do it in the first place," Powell said.
The NCTA's members haven't formally decided to take the Federal Communications Commission to court. However, Powell termed such a move as being "likely."
The FCC's five-commissioner body will vote Feb. 26 on whether to adopt a proposal for strident regulation of Internet service providers. It has been taken as a foregone conclusion that the three Democratic members of this commission will give the proposal the votes it needs to pass.
Powell, whose constituency includes large cable broadcast service providers such as Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), is among those vigorously opposed to the proposal. In fact, he described FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal as a "fatal step" to C-SPAN. Powell also released a full summary of his dissent in a Wednesday blog post.
The NCTA chief executive has also asked that Wheeler reveal the full proposal prior to the Feb. 26 vote.
"The chairman's correct in saying that past practice is generally not to do so," he told C-SPAN. "But it's also equally true that nothing prevents him from doing so should he choose."
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