In the wake of the FCC’s loss in federal appeals court on Tuesday, The Hill reports that early reactions on Capitol Hill are so far breaking along partisan lines. First up, a statement from Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas):
The DC Circuit’s decision should mean that litigation plays out to a logical conclusion and in the meantime, the FCC should not reclassify information services as Title 2 services... The guiding principle is already explicit in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, where the government is directed ‘to preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet and other interactive computer services, unfettered by Federal or State regulation.’”
On the other side of the Title II debate is Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass):
This is a history-making decision. It appears to vacate the authority of the FCC to conduct oversight over broadband service and the telephone and cable giants that own the wires... I am not advocating that the FCC reclassify broadband services as a result of this decision, but I absolutely believe they maintain that legal authority and it would be entirely consistent with the history of communications law in our country if they did.