Lawmaker backs FCC's broadband authority

04/14/2010 | WashingtonPost.com

The Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan and its net neutrality initiative got some support from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who said he would back the commission's authority over the Internet with legislation if necessary. His statement came in response to a court decision that the FCC had overstepped its authority in regulating Comcast's ability to slow certain Web traffic. "In the longer term, if there is a need to rewrite the law to provide consumers and the FCC and the industry with a new framework, I as chairman will take that task on," Rockefeller said.

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