Report: FCC boss leaning towards hands-off policy for broadband Internet

The Washington Post reports that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated. This would be a clear win--and huge relief--for broadband telecommunications providers who argue that they should have the ultimate say on how and by whom their pipes are used.

The story says that Genachowski believes that more regulation would overly burden carriers. Of course he also worries, legitimately, that regulation would lead to more legal problems and the FCC has already been down that road, losing a "net neutrality" court case to Comcast.

Genachowski hasn't yet issued any official statement on the results of that case, where the D.C. Court of Appeals said the FCC went beyond its authority when it sanctioned Comcast for "throttling" bandwidth for what it considered overly heavy users. Apparently, though, according to the Post's sources, the chairman has said he's "leaning toward keeping in place the current regulatory framework for broadband services."

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